Written by PETA
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"If shopping could cure breast
cancer, it would be cured by now," says Think Before You Pink,
an organization dedicated to ending "pinkwashing"—slapping pink
ribbons on products in order to convince consumers that they can end breast
cancer by buying pink products. In truth, reports Forbes, corporations
seek to profit
off consumers' strong feelings about breast cancer while simultaneously
marketing products that actually contribute
to the disease.
Such was the case with KFC's cancer-linked chicken,
sold in "Buckets for
which, adding insult to injury, didn't really raise much money for cancer
research, either, as is often the case with pinkwashing campaigns. And what little
money makes it to breast cancer research frequently goes to support antiquated,
unreliable experiments on
I lost the person I was closest to in
the world—my grandmother—to breast cancer, but I know that no matter how many
pink sun visors I buy, it is unlikely that I am doing much to help with the
search for a cure. Women deserve better than greedy corporations throwing a few
pennies at a charity in exchange for huge profit margins. We deserve better
than having our money spent on experiments that have proved to be useless. We
deserve a cure, and the only way to find one is to stop buying pink doohickeys
and start supporting breast cancer research that works—cutting-edge, effective,
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
please look at PETA's list of cruelty-free charities
and join us in supporting breast cancer research that really works.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Watching my cherished grandmother suffer through
breast-cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, then pass away, was the
hardest thing that I have ever gone through. I felt so helpless—then I became determined
to help find a cure.
For me, that meant participating in walks and other fundraisers for breast-cancer
are actually helping us get closer to a cure by funding cutting-edge, effective,
After decades and billions of dollars spent
tormenting and killing dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, mice, rats, and other
animals, we still have no cure for breast cancer.
Experiments on animals are unreliable because of the significant genetic,
cellular, and physiological differences between species. Former National Cancer
Institute Director Dr. Richard Klausner has stated, "The history of cancer
research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice
of cancer for decades, and it simply didn't work in humans."
While every 12 minutes in America, another woman
dies from breast cancer, organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation
waste money on cruel, archaic animal experiments, and people are starting to
say "Enough." The Seattle Veg Singles
group was set to do a charity walk for Komen, but when the group learned that
the charity funds experiments on animals, it immediately canceled its plans.
If you want to help raise money for breast cancer
research, do women a favor by supporting one of the many charities that don't fund experiments on
animals, including the American Breast Cancer Foundation, the Keep A Breast Foundation
and the Breast
Cancer Fund. And let the Susan G. Komen
Foundation know that it won't be
getting a dime from you until it stops funding animal experiments.
by Michelle Sherrow
Just so you know how low KFC will stoop to make a sale, the company has started selling its cancer-linked chicken in pink buckets to raise money for breast cancer research. This is almost beyond belief, considering that among the secret ingredients in KFC's Kentucky Grilled Chicken are PhIP and other chemicals known as heterocyclic amines, which have been linked to several types of cancer, including breast cancer. And a recent study shows that eating fried chicken significantly increases the odds of bladder cancer.
Now the company is concerned about fighting cancer? I don't think so.
You might think that because many people are going to buy this nonfood anyway, the proceeds may as well go to cancer research, but it turns out that's not even the case. Some small print on KFC's Web site reads, "Customer purchases of KFC buckets during the promotion will not directly increase the total contribution." But were you expecting anything else? Check out KFC's shameful history of cruelty to animals.
It's a slap in the face to cancer survivors too. When I mentioned KFC's new pink buckets to my best friend—a breast cancer survivor who went vegan after having a mastectomy and who now staunchly encourages other women to eat healthy plant-based foods and to support clinical research methods—she shuddered and said, "Oh, my God! Disgusting!"
A longer version of this blog originally appeared on Care2.
Written by Heather Moore
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