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Influence of pet ownership on opinions towards the use of animals in biomedical research

By J. Hagelin, B. Johansson, J. Hau, H. E. Carlsson

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The present study investigated the relationship between pet ownership and opinions on the use of animals in medical research. A questionnaire was answered by 484 schoolteacher students and 156 preschool teacher students from Uppsala University, Sweden [date not given]. Animal use was found to be of significant importance for developing treatments for human disease by 59% of respondents but 15% did not agree. 44% thought that it was morally acceptable to use animals in biomedical research, while 25% did not. A significantly higher proportion of those who reported experience in the use of animals in research from university teaching morally accepted and understood the importance of using animals in biomedical research, compared with students without this background. 58% of the students were pet owners and the most common species owned were the cat and the dog. A lower proportion of pet owners (39%) found it acceptable to use pet species in biomedical research than did non-pet owners (52%).

Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 251-257
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Publisher Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
DOI 10.2752/089279302786992540
Language English
Author Address Department of Physiology, Division of Comparative Medicine, Uppsala University, Box 572, SE-751 23 Uppsala,
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  1. Animal experimentation
  2. Animal research
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animals
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Attitudes
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Carnivores
  11. Cats
  12. Dogs
  13. Education
  14. Instruction
  15. Laboratory and experimental animals
  16. Laboratory animal science
  17. Mammals
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. Social psychology and social anthropology
  21. students
  22. surveys
  23. teachers
  24. teaching
  25. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed