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One in three Brits against animal testing

Tuesday, 4th December 2012

A new poll commissioned by BBC Radio 5 Live shows that over a third of British adults are against all forms of animal testing.

A total of 1,000 people were contacted by telephone between November 30th and December 2nd and asked for their view on the matter, with the results announced on the Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning (December 4th).

The poll shows that 31 per cent of those involved believe the government should impose a ban on all medical experimentation on animals, and comes at a time when the EU is gearing up for a possible ban on cosmetic products that contain ingredients which have been tested on animals.

Elsewhere, the Dalai Lama has announced at an event to celebrate World Compassion Day that animals are "more honest than humans", and has reiterated the importance of treating pets kindly.

He says that if animals are shown love and compassion they will "respond accordingly", making it a beneficial relationship for pets and owners alike.