Every year millions of animals are being killed across the globe in laboratories for the sole purpose of research. This exercise includes inhaling toxic fumes, spinal cords crushed, holes drilled into their skulls, skin burns, and immobilization from restraint devices for hours. Those for animal testing say it is crucial for medical purposes. However, others tend to argue.

It causes animals to languish in pain, suffer from extreme frustration, be psychologically traumatized, and long to be free. There are many fast and affordable non-animal testing methods that can be used in place of animal testing. With such a debate going on, Real Research conducted a survey on animal testing. Here is what the public thinks about the matter.


  • Revised animal protection act may lead to excessive animal testing
  • 63.15% think that animal testing causes endless suffering for infinite animals
  • The majority 34.33% say animal testing is most essential for the medical industry
  • 44.04% prefer to purchase a product that passed animal testing

Revised Animal Protection Act Leads To Regulating Excessive Animal Testing

The Real Research online survey asked if respondents are for or against animal testing. Firstly, others are in total support of animal testing (28.55%) while others oppose the act (18.98%). Following then are those saying it depends on the industry (14.49%). Lastly, (37.79%) are unsure.

What are the reasons behind supporting animal testing? To begin with, 24.85% say ‘Due to the revision of the Animal Protection Act, excessive animal testing may be regulated’. Secondly, 8.59% say ‘As animals have relatively short life cycles, it is efficient to gain test results in a short time’. Adding on, (6.96%) say ‘Animal testing has contributed many remarkable achievements, such as the discovery of insulin. 

Figure 1: Reasons for those who are for animal testing

Also answering the question are you for or against animal testing, some say that they are against it. It simply causes trauma and pain for animals that will be caged in the laboratory cages. Those against animal testing further explain that it causes neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles. Also, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves.

Here, 27.96% say ‘There is no guarantee that safety through animal testing is equally safe for humans’. Developments in science and technology offer many alternatives like stem cell tech and computer simulation (9.33%). Also, 9.11% state that ‘Animal testing is unethical and it harms the dignity of life’.

Then ‘Animal testing for cosmetics is not justifiable since it’s for the human desire and not for the sake of improving lives says 5.64%. The remaining percentage is divided between others and I am for animal testing. 

Animal Testing Causes Endless Suffering for All Animals

More often, others wonder why animal testing is bad. Animals often become objects of testing scientific research causing endless suffering to animals. Thus, Real Research sought to know if people are in agreement with this. Responding to the Real Research online survey application, 63.15% say ‘Yes’. In contrast, 36.85% say ‘No’.

Next, is the question 一 in which industry do you think animal testing is essential? Medicine (34.35), agricultural (8.20%), and cosmetic products (3.66%). Then, food (5.28%), defense enterprise (2.51%), and commercial laboratory (2.82%).

Figure 2: Animal testing is essential for the medicine industry

The reason why animal testing is necessary is that animals play an important role in testing human drugs. Animal reactions are similar to those of human beings. In fact, they are biologically very similar to humans. Actually, mice share more than 98% of DNA with humans. Hence, most medical experiments have been conducted on animals first.

44.04% Prefer a Product That Was Tested on Animals

Most industries are testing their products on animals. This even includes cosmetics animal testing processes. Cosmetic products are manufactured each year. This means that more animals are suffering from testing the efficiency of the products. Real Research asked if people would buy products that have been tested on animals. 44.04% say ‘Yes’. On the other hand, 33.57% say ‘No’. Meanwhile, 22.39% say it depends on whether I need the product.

Furthermore, there are countries such as Mexico and New Zealand that introduced a law prohibiting animal testing of cosmetics. How is the situation with animal testing in your country?

Only for medical treatments (31.62%). Also, ‘for any field’ (8.58%) and ‘it is still practiced, but the government is going to prepare a bill to ban animal testing’ (4.78%). Lastly, ‘It is already banned’ (5.26%) and ‘not sure’ (49.76%).

Figure 3: Regulations of countries on animal testing

In conclusion, animal testing is still a debatable issue. Some countries have imposed a total ban on animal testing. Meanwhile, others still allow the process for particular industries. Therefore, the rules and regulations depend on the country.


Survey TitlePublic Opinion on Animal Testing
DurationNov 10 – Nov 17, 2021
Number of Participants40,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.