The controversy today regarding the use of animals in research appears on the surface to be a strongly polarized struggle between the scientific community and the animal protection movement. However, there is a wide range of opinions and philosophies on both sides. Mistrust between the factions has blossomed while communication has withered. Through the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, the animal movement grew in numbers and financial resources, and developed much greater public recognition and political clout. The research community paid relatively little attention to the animal movement for much of this period but, alarmed by several public relations coups in the 1980s, it has become more vociferous and has shifted from a reactive defense to a proactive, aggressive offense.
Rowan, A.N., Loew, F.M., & Weer, J.C. (1995). The animal research controversy: protest, process & public policy: an analysis of strategic issues. North Grafton, MA: Center for Animals & Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.