Ipsos MORI has published a report presenting the findings of their 2018 survey into public acceptance, awareness and attitudes towards the use of animals in scientific research in the UK.

The report showed that...

  • two thirds of the public accept the use of animals in scientific research for medical and scientific purposes. This acceptance is conditional on the context of the research and types of animals that are used
  • rats and mice are still the most acceptable type of animal for use in medical research to benefit people (47% and 44%). Cats, dogs and primates are considered the least acceptable animals to use.  
  • two thirds of the public do not feel well-informed about the use of animals in research, which is in line with findings from previous years
  • trust in medical research charities, which fell from 28% to 22% between 2014 and 2016, has stabilised rising slightly to 24% this year.

 

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