Scientists Share Thoughts on Animal Research
This poll examines the diverse opinions of biomedical researchers around the world with respect to the use of animals in research.
Less than one third of polled researchers received the support of their employers in discussing animal research issues, while 11% were discouraged from communicating.
Half of respondents stated they worked on animals, with 80% of these respondents working on mice or rats.
81% of those working on animals stated they did not have ethical concerns about the use of animals in their work due to the conformation to high ethical standards and the lack of alternatives.
One fifth of respondents reported conflicted feelings about their work.
Three quarters of all respondents feel that animal research is essential to progress in biomedical research.
63% feel that the elimination of animal experimentation is a desirable but unachievable goal.
71% of total respondents feel that animal rights movement makes it difficult for a researcher to voice a nuanced opinion on animal research.