The [Foundation for Biomedical Research (an industry front group)], which has tracked public attitudes about animal research since its creation in 1981, found "a surprisingly concerning drop in public support" for animal research from the 1990s, when it was over 70 percent, to 54 percent in 2008, [said Frankie Trull, the foundation's president and founder.]See: Animal Rights: Scientists' Billboards Ask Whether You'd Save a Child or a Lab Rat: Pro-Research Billboards Ask the Public to Choose. JANE E. ALLEN, ABC News Medical Unit. April 14, 2011.
It's worth noting that "scientists" aren't asking this.... it's a shill front group for the industry.