In the UK, the battle for people's hearts and minds over animal research continues apace. For a long time, opponents of animal research dominated the news but linkurl:these days;, the tables seem to have turned. The latest thrust came yesterday when the Coalition for Medical Progress launched an linkurl:online petition; for those who see experiments on animals as being essential. As I write, after midnight UK time on the day of its launch, nearly 8,000 people have already signed up. The organizers of the ?People?s Petition? say they want to give voice to ?the silent majority of people in Britain who want to show their support for medical research using animals in the UK.? They are asking members of the public to sign up to three statements in support of animal based research: that medical research requires some studies using animals; that medical research using animals should continue in the...

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