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Statement: Attitudes to animal research (Ipsos MORI/BIS poll)
“The Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research welcomes the findings of the Ipsos MORI survey of UK public attitudes towards research involving animals.
“The study, conducted on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) shows that public support for using animals in medical research has fallen by 10 per cent.
“We are convinced that the continued downward trend in public support for the use of animals in research will support greater use of alternative research methods.
“It is a sad fact that nearly 3.8 million animals, including cats and dogs, were used in medical research experiments last year alone. We hope these findings will, in turn, help to raise awareness of the work of a significant number of scientists who are pioneering innovative research techniques which are delivering real results in understanding and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.”
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