The survey shows that 7 in 10 Swedes can accept the use of animals in medical research if its aim is to acquire more knowledge about diseases and how they can be prevented and cured. This ratio is the same as that reported in a 1992 study, when attitudes of Swedes towards laboratory animals were last measured.
The Swedish Research Council also has a responsibility to provide information about issues concerning research and research ethics and to promote discourse on the topic.
Text: Cecilia Johansson
A sample including just over 1 000 individuals representing the national Swedish population aged 16 years and older was surveyed in January 2008. Some of the questions were given only to part of the group.