Psychol Rep. 1995 Feb; 76(1): 23-31.
Animal rights activism and animal welfare concerns in the academic setting: levels of activism and the perceived importance of research with animals.
Department of Psychology, Georgia College, Milledgeville 31061, USA.
Past research suggests that public support for the use of animal models as means to improve the human condition is present but many individuals have expressed ambivalence. In the present study, various sectors of the academic community (students and faculty) as well as the general population, were surveyed to assess their positions on the need for, and value of animal research, the value of psychological research in which animals are employed, and the respondents' consummatory habits. The results suggested that more information needs to be provided about the role of animal experimentation, including a discussion of the benefits produced by using animals to answer psychological questions.