PUBLIC OPINION > Animal Testing Is Not OK
News 2012/09/25 21:00:00
Animal testing has always been a controversial subject. Some argue that the knowledge acquired from animal testing is essential, and it's more humane than testing on humans. Others feel that's no excuse for putting the animals at risk. Following news that animal testing is at an all-time high in Britain, we asked the public if the practice should be banned.
There were plenty of supporters, but overall the public agreed that animal testing should probably be banned. But without animals to test on, how would scientists make progress? The Top Opinion suggested, "We should test prisoners on death row, they are human and the test results would be more accurate ... I'll bet that alone would be more of a deterrent to crime than any other deterrent, so crime would go down, a win-win situation to the overall problem." That might be a tough one to swallow if you're against capital punishment, but it is a thought.
Men Are Mostly OK With It
The most remarkable demographic difference was definitely gender. With more than 1,400 votes on the record, women were 34% more likely to oppose animal testing. Nearly three-fourths of female voters felt the practice should be banned, while less than half of male voters felt the same. It seems women really are more empathetic, on average.
Teens Against Testing
Age was a big factor, too. Younger voters were more likely to call for a ban on animal testing, but teens were especially opinionated -- more than 80% of voters under the age of 18 felt animal testing should be banned. However, after the age of 35, support for a ban evened out at about 46%, and it never dropped below 43%.
Conservatives Condone Testing
Politics also correlated with how people responded, but surprisingly, gender and age had more of an effect. While conservatives were more likely than any other group to condone testing, women and teens were still more likely to support a ban than liberals.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about animal testing. We'd love to hear from you!
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