Animal Rights Uncompromised: Life-Taking Charities
PETA applauds charities that do not support animal testing and disapproves of charities—such as the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association—that fund cruel animal experiments because, in addition to hurting animals, they drain money away from relevant and effective projects that could help save lives. Although all animals experience pain and fear, there are enormous psychological and physiological differences between rats, rabbits, dogs, cats, pigs, and human beings. Meaningful scientific conclusions cannot be drawn about one species by studying another.
Consumers have the same freedom to make cruelty-free choices when they support charities as they do when they buy household and personal-care products. Animal-friendly philanthropists can give to deserving charities that directly help people without hurting animals, such as Easter Seals, Helen Keller International and the Children’s Burn Foundation, and charities that use only sophisticated non-animal research methods, such as the Avon Foundation for Women, Birth Defect Research for Children, Children’s Oncology Group, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Gateway for Cancer Research, Organization for Autism Research, Spina Bifida Association of America, and others.