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%).
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)|
|Author Address||Department of Physiology, Division of Comparative Medicine, Uppsala University, Box 572, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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