Young people question vivisection

By Alison Motluk ALMOST half Britain’s young people believe that animal experiments have no relevance to humans, according to a poll commissioned by the pressure group Animal Aid. The survey suggests that opposition to animal tests stems from more than just concern about causing animals pain, says Andrew Tyler, director of the Kent-based group. Of the 175 under-25s who responded to the poll, 49 per cent thought that research on animals was useless to humans, while 45 per cent said it was relevant. But of the 1004 of all ages who took part in the survey, just 43 per cent thought animal experiments irrelevant, as opposed to 48 per cent who believed they were of use. “This reflects the fact that the young are thinking about these issues much more,” says Tyler. But the opinion poll’s findings do not imply that animal research is less relevant now than it used to be, cautions Mark Matfield, executive director of the Research Defence Society, a group that supports the use of animals in science. “What people believe is not a reflection of the facts,” he says,
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