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Explanations shift attitudes to animal experiments

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 29 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1438
  1. Richard Woodman
  1. London

    Attitudes on animal experimentation shift dramatically when people are told about the potential medical benefits, according to results of a major new poll.

    Sixty four per cent of a representative sample of 2009 people in Britain aged 15 years and over disagreed with the view that scientists should be allowed to conduct any experiment on animals, and only 24%agreed. However, when told that animal experiments might hasten development of treatments for life threatening diseases, such as leukaemia and AIDS, there was a huge …

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