August 24, 2016. For immediate release.

Vancouver, BC – a new Insights West poll shows low levels of agreement with medical testing on animals, which is out of step with the recent 24% increase use of animals in science.

Insights West just issued a press release detailing a morality poll they put out to 824 adults across British Columbia on August 13, 2016. The poll posed 18 questions on different moral issues and invited people to share their personal views.

According to the poll results people in BC were most inclined to agree with same sex marriage (74%), abortion (73%), sexual relations between two people of the same sex (72%) and having a baby outside marriage (70%).

The issues that solicited the least agreement were medical testing on animals (36%), buying and wearing fur (35%), suicide (29%) and married men and/or women having an affair (18%).

Of course, the result showing low levels of agreement with medical testing on animals is of great interest to us here at the Animals in Science Policy Institute. When this result is combined with the most recent animal-based science data, which showed a 24% increase in the use of animals in science between 2013-4 – and a 37% increase in regulatory testing and product development for human and veterinary medicine, specifically – it is clear to see that there is a disconnect between societal values (at least in BC) and scientific practices.

The use of animals in research and testing is often justified based on its potential benefit to society through the development of new safe and effective treatments. So, it would make sense if people’s level of agreement with the use of medical testing on animals was quite high. The poll results show that this is not the case.

When only 36% of people agree with animal-based medical testing (and 59% disagree; 31% strongly) there is a clear need for non-animal alternatives for medical testing to be developed and implemented. The Animals in Science Policy Institute is committed to working hard to make sure the views of Canadians are represented, and non-animal alternatives are given a credible place in Canadian science.

 

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Contact information:

Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy

Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute

elisabeth@animalsinscience.org | 778-928-5370