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. Our Health Charities Campaign directs people to compassionate, modern charities, such as Easter Seals, Helen Keller International, Children's Burn Foundation, the American Breast Cancer Foundation, Spinal Cord Injury Network International, and others that know that up-to-date, non-animal test methods are the best way to help people with diseases or disabilities.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.