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Nation still split on animal testing

A poll has revealed that the nation is still split over whether or not testing on animals is acceptable.

As extremist animal rights groups begin to target shareholders in drug companies which support animal testing, only 15 per cent of those polled said testing was unacceptable under any circumstances.

But 34 per cent said it was OK to test medicines only, on animals.

79 per cent of those asked said they found the testing of cosmetics on animals wrong.

Almost 3 million tests are carries out on animals in the UK in an average year.

Mice are the most commonly used animal in medical testing, accounting for around two thirds of test subjects.

Other animals used in testing include rats, monkeys, beagles and rabbits.

But the fact remains, if you've ever been treated for any illness, you will almost certainly have used products that have first been tested on animals.