Americans Seen Turning Against Animal Testing

    February 17, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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The gap in opinion between young and old in the U.S. can often be wide. The country has seen significant movement on political issues such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization in recent years, much of it due to the entrance of younger people on the political scene.

Now it appears that American opinions on animal rights are set to change dramatically in the coming years as well. New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this week has shown that more Americans are now opposing medical testing on animals.

The study, performed by researchers from Western Governors University and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) looked at survey data from Gallup between the years 2001 and 2013. They found that 41% of U.S. adults said they oppose animal medical testing in 2013, a 12% increase over 2001 opinion levels.

What’s most interesting about the data, though, is how different various demographic groups’ opinions on the matter were. Only around 33% of Americans age 30 and older last year said that they oppose medical testing on animals. Meanwhile, over half (54%) of adults age 18 to 29 oppose animal testing, a full 23% increase over that statistic as measured in 2001.

The data also shows a significant gender gap when it comes to animal testing. In 2013 52% of U.S. women said they oppose animal testing versus only 30% of men.

“Opposition to animal testing is steadily rising among people of every gender, age group, and political affiliation, likely because people have more exposure than ever to information about the cruelty that animals endure in laboratories, how animal testing rarely helps humans, and the superior alternatives available,” said Justin Goodman, co-author of the study and a director at PETA. “Now, the country’s laws and policies governing animal experimentation and its research funding practices need to evolve to meet public expectations as well.”

  • laurelladesborough

    Well, if the use of animals in medical tests is increasing, then I have to assume that the level of stupidity among members of the public is also increasing. Do not these individuals against medical testing using animals REALIZE that many of the present medical improvements are the RESULT OF TESTING USING ANIMALS? If not, then they are surely short of important information. I well remember when the first vaccine for polio was introduced and how absolutely thankful the public were because they realized their children, their family members could now be protected from this terrible scrouge! This was due to testing using animals! For God’s sake people, WAKE UP!

  • Marcella Covault

    Quoting faux facts from an animal rights group? Why on earth the article would quote the sociopathic animal rights group PeTA as a credible source is beyond me–poor journalistic research maybe? The younger generation needs to not be so gullible to the anti-animal-use propaganda by PeTA and other similar organizations. Without animal research, there are many human diseases that would not be under control or practically eliminated.

  • Howard Houston

    No one ever imagined that one would have to justify eating meat or farming practices that actually have kept more animals alive and in good health as well as human beings by keeping diseases under control. The lack of knowledge on the part of the public and the ability of PeTA and other animal rights cult groups to keep the public in the middle ages regarding scientific progress is appalling. In fact if the chimps had not been vaccinated against polio there would be none today. Guess what the Gorillas have a vaccine against hemmoragic fever due to such testing that actually works on the gorillas protecting them from certain death. But guess what the animal rights cult members have fought against its use and gorillas are dying from the disease. These cults are dangerous to all human beings and animals as so many diseases for all living things have been prevented due to this research.

  • Linda Hart

    All those who oppose use of animal research please make sure you tell your doctor to not give you vaccines, cancer drugs and treatment, insulin, drugs to stop pain, heart surgery, joint replacement or so many other treatments as well as preventative measures to keep you alive. Oh yes, that also goes for your pets, since the research done with animals benefits animals. So many advancements in treatments as well as preventative medicine and genetic screening comes from use of animals in research. Thanks to the animals as well as the researchers for their efforts in spite of ignorance on the part of the public and groups such as PETA.

  • Tony Scott

    You guys sound stupid!