Taxpayer-funded animal experimentation is un-American, and we have the data to prove it.
Opinion surveys in recent years show Americans’ growing opposition to animal experimentation, with the most recent Pew poll reporting that a majority of Americans now object to “the use of animals in scientific research.”
Now, as reported by Red Alert Politics, a new national poll commissioned by the White Coat Waste Project and conducted by research firm Lincoln Park Strategies shows that most Americans–Republicans and Democrats alike–are sick of footing the $12-billion-plus bill for these wasteful and secretive experiments on dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals.
The poll of 1,109 U.S. voters found that a majority (about 6 in 10) want to see funding cut and transparency increased for taxpayer-funded animal experiments. According to the survey (also visualized in the infographic below):
61% of U.S. voters want to reduce federal spending on animal experiments at the National Institutes of Health
59% of U.S. voters want to reduce funding for experiments on dogs and cats
59% of U.S. voters want to reduce funding for experiments on primates
67% of U.S. voters want to mandate that federal agencies publicly report details of animal experiments and how much is spent on them
For all questions, the poll found that a majority of Republican and Democrat voters want to cut taxpayer funding of animal experiments. Across the board, the poll also showed that 5% more Republicans (on average) supported this move, and want more transparency about the practice.
The results show broad support for our current campaign to cut funding for experiments on dogs in government laboratories and increase transparency and accountability about all taxpayer-funded animal experimentation.
Below is a shareable infographic with the poll results: