26 million animals are used every year in the United States for scientific and commercial testing. Yet many people are against it. Meetville.com (dating app to find the right person) highlighted the problem in a poll, which was carried out between 4/2/14 and 8/28/14.
People were asked: “Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?” An overwhelming majority of those polled (76%) voted against animal testing.
Dario L. Ringach, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, says: “The contributions of animal research to medical science and human health are undeniable, but whether the use of animals in scientific experimentation is morally permissible is a big question.” Opponents of animal testing state that it is cruel and inhumane. Yet Dario believes that “the moral status of animals is not equal to that of humans and opting out of the research condemns our patients to suffer and die of disease.”
Respondents numbered 101,282. From the USA – 47%, from Canada – 5%, from Britain – 13%, from Australia – 8% and from other countries – 27%.
According to Alex Cusper, Meetville service analyst, “The debate that exists surrounding animal testing is incredibly complex and controversial in globally. As time passes and technology further develops, many of the tests performed on animal subjects are being scientifically questioned. And more and more people around the world argue for animal welfare.”
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