ethiQUEST Surveys

assessing human morals

Do non-human animals matter to you?

Then we really want to hear more from you!

Please answer our online survey “Ethics and Animals”, it should only take you about 5 minutes. It is now available in the following languages, so just pick a link!






Although the survey will only be open until July 9, 2009, we hope to collect 3,000 answers, coming from all over. So if you find it interesting, please let your friends know about it too!


ethiQUEST Surveys

PS: The survey’s due date has been extended to Monday, July 13.


June 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I took your survey, but the last hypothetical question is a bit off since the premise of one million vs one is never the way research goes. Never. So while you could obtain many answers to the question, that instance or anything close to it would never exist in reality, so responses- having nothing real to draw from- are likely not a good measure.

    Comment by ARPhilo | July 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Dear friend,
      You’re correct when you say that “is never the way research goes”.
      The point of having a hypothetical question is, in fact, to try to rule out other factors from consideration – not to mimic reality.
      All the best!
      ethiQUEST Surveys

      Comment by ethiquest | July 3, 2009 | Reply

      • I understand. But psychologically and sociologically it is not a decent measure of animal ethics since it backs people into a nonexistent corner and is a biased question- something that should be avoided in surveys if you want accurate results. “A monkey or a million” is something researchers, pharm companies, and others say all of the time to defend animal testing. So, it’s a weighted question in favor of the researchers which will usually get you the answer of “of course” from most people since it implies utilitarianism is a reality in nonhuman animal research.

        For example, I am prochoice, so if I wanted to frame a survey question that would get the answer I want about abortion, I could say “Do you support the right of women to have control over their own bodies?” while a biased pro-life person could write “Do you support the right of women to senselessly murder their babies?” if s/he wanted the answer to be leaning towards anti-abortion.

        So, that is the reason your last question will seemingly show that most people favor animal research for human cures, because the question is biased. A question based more in reality would say, “Let’s say there is a horrible disease and it needs a cure. The government wants to use billions of your tax dollars for research on this disease. They will research treatments, not cures, in order to keep business booming and will use lots of very expensive nonhuman animals despite them being a poor model of human disease. Because of this, toxic things will make it to the market which they will likely first test on humans in Africa so they can cover up unfavorable results. They will tell you that you need to choose between a few animals or the deaths of millions. Would you support this research?”

        I hope that clears up what I meant. One of the biggest challenges in creating a survey is to create good questions that will give objective answers rather than an answer in favor of one world view.

        Comment by ARPhilo | July 6, 2009

      • Dear ARPhilo,
        I totally agree with you about the necessity of not biasing answers from the start. That caution was taken in the development of this survey. Obviously, this issue very likely raises disagreement. I feel I should not go deeper in this discussion at the moment, since the survey is still running (and I want to minimize the risk of biasing anyone’s answer), but perhaps I can try to give you a more proper answer next week, if that’s OK with you.
        Regarding the survey’s last question, it is certainly not based in reality, as the example you gave. Although you regard that as a deficiency of the survey, as I tried to explain in my other reply, I see it as a feature. Certainly the two questions (the hypothetical and the realistic) are valid – they just will provide data on different (although related) matters. And probably, for either purpose, none will ever be *perfect* – we just do our best.
        Thank you for your great comments!
        ethiQUEST Surveys

        Comment by ethiquest | July 7, 2009

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