The Role Of Public Opinion In The U.K. Animal Research Debate
This article considers the role of public opinion in the debate over animal research, determining that public opinion has become a resource in the debate and that it is now accepted as a key method of demonstrating legitimacy.
Animal research is a subject of controversy in biomedical science and the importance of public opinion in the debate has increased in recent years. Public opinion polls are frequently cited as a type of resource when addressing the issue, as it is accepted as a key method of showing legitimacy. This paper considers whether public opinion should matter when it comes to matters of ethical reasoning and science policy.