Causes of the Furred and Feathered Rule the Internet
New study points to surge in young people's opposition to using animals for medical testing.
Animal causes and social media seem to be made for each other.
Most significant, they say, their study points to a huge drop in support for such testing among people ages 18 to 29. A whopping 54 percent of them told pollsters in 2013 that animal testing was morally wrong, versus only 31 percent in 2001.
"That's just an unprecedented increase," says Justin Goodman, a director at PETA and one of the researchers. "And we think it's linked to Internet use. It's the source for news and information, especially for young people."
Hal Herzog, an anthrozoologist at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is skeptical about PETA's claims that the Internet is fueling a change in attitudes toward medical testing with animals