Using pigs in environmental and biomedical research | Your Views

Using pigs in environmental and biomedical research

Should we use animals in research? If yes, under what conditions? Is the welfare of animals harmed by some research, and if so, do goals such as improving human health or the environment justify this harm? We need your views on these important issues.

This survey is part of a larger project with the aim of developing better policy about animal use in research. The survey consists of six questions, and will lead you through a scenario on the use of domestic pigs in research. While pigs are best known as farm animals, they are also commonly used as research subjects. One growing area of animal use in research is in the genetic sciences, so we would like you to share your views on this type of animal use. You will also be able to see the views of other participants, and 'vote' on their responses.

After each question you will see a list of the reasons provided so far. Reasons are ranked according to the percent of individuals who have chosen these reasons. We encourage you to choose an existing reason if one is reasonably close to your own thinking, and/or add a new reason if you need to. Later participants will be able to see any reason you provide, followed by the pseudonym you choose. Pseudonyms are not linked to authors' account details or email.

Some of the issues might be unfamiliar to you, so we have added links to advisors who provide information to help you make your decision.

Advisors (in alphabetical order)

  • The Animal Advocate provides information about different ethical perspectives that address concerns about using animals in research
  • The Public Health Advisor provides information about the value of the research to humans, including economic considerations
  • The Scientist provides information about the research goals, methods and applications
  • The Veterinarian provides information about animal welfare concerns arising from the research

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