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Sir Paul McCartney Ditches Cruel Charities

Written by PETA | July 20, 2007

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Paul McCartney is amazing. He has just announced that he will be boycotting any and all charities that conduct animal experimentation. This is even a bigger deal when you consider that the former Beatle has been a long-time supporter of numerous cancer charities since losing his first wife Linda to the disease in 1998. Here’s a quote:

“When Linda died I said I would support cancer charities. Animal rights groups wrote to me pointing out that many were heavily into vivisection – and it’s true. A doctor we knew out in America just admitted it as a matter of fact, innocently, like ‘Well, sure we do.’ What he doesn’t realise is that he won’t get a donation out of me for that very fact. There are better alternatives but you’re not allowed to challenge the status quo.”

This sends a clear message to animal experimenters and the charities that fund them that it’s high time to pull their heads out of the sand and embrace modern effective non-animal research.

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As PETA Europe’s Alistair Currie put it: “Animal testing charities don’t just miss out on big money; they miss out on medical progress. Animals are not furry little humans and their bodies cannot reliably predict results for human conditions. While we know a great deal about cancer in mice, we don’t know anywhere near enough about cancer in humans. Thankfully there are plenty of charities that go for the triple win: they don’t cause animal suffering; they do support modern non-animal research that increases the chance of finding cures for humans; and they get the money of smart, compassionate donors.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Alistair.

For a list of charities that do and don’t fund animal experiments, check out this link.

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  • Hallowmere says:

    I think its cool that Paul believes in a no animal testing world! It really is cruel and how do we even know that the skin of a bunny that hasn’t been hurt by our testing of products will do the same for our skin?

  • Rosemary says:

    Paul please always stay on the side of the animals. We animal rights advocates need you. As for Steve we should use you for testing…oh wait…you are coldblooded with no heart you have sht for brains and you are one giant assh e! Oh forget it it will never work out. Thank God for animal rights groups like PETA. They have done so much for animals and continue to do so. God is on their side.

  • Simon says:

    good on you Sir Paul I too stopped donating to charities involved in animal research years ago thanks to PETA for pointing out who these charities are. I would rather burn my money than give it a charity to fund animal suffering!

  • Gabriele says:

    As much financial donations have been contributed to cancer research throughout the years by now there should be a cure for it all. How much progress have the intelligent minds duing the research uncovered? How much progress does one million dollar actually make in the discovery cures for cancer? For every million significant amount of information should be presented then otherwise what are the researchers actually doing if not coming up with the good news cancer is preventable curable with what process now? Otherwise refund the money if it is not proving to be worth what is expected then find some scientist researchers who are intelligent enough to come up with every cancer cure now. Right? Respect the animals respect other human beings yourself. Sincerely Gabriele

  • Sandy says:

    Yay Paul McCartney!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Cheryl you can test drugs on animals till you’re blue in the face. The tests give absolutely no guarantee the drugs will be safe on humans. But they do waste precious time and funding. Look at Vioxx. Safe on animals unsafe for humans. Like dark chocolate? Safe for humans can be deadly for dogs. Animals are not humans and they react differently to drugs than you or I though in fact we may react differently to them ourselves. There are new nonanimal technologiesmicrodosing pharmacogenomics etc. Research has to move toward personalized medicine if you want the cure to be less deadly than the disease. A great book on the subject is “Sacred Cows and Golden Geese” by the Doctors Greek. You can buy it or get it at the library.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Cheryl you can test drugs on animals till you’re blue in the face. The tests give absolutely no guarantee the drugs will be safe on humans. But they do waste precious time and funding. Look at Vioxx. Safe on animals unsafe for humans. Like dark chocolate? Safe for humans can be deadly for dogs. Animals are not humans and they react differently to drugs than you or I though in fact we may react differently to them ourselves. There are new nonanimal technologiesmicrodosing pharmacogenomics etc. Research has to move toward personalized medicine if you want the cure to be less deadly than the disease. A great book on the subject is “Sacred Cows and Golden Geese” by the Doctors Greek. You can buy it or get it at the library.

  • Tucker says:

    THANKYOU SIR PAUL YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE LOVED YOU AND YOUR MUSIC SINCE I WAS A YOUNG GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP FOR THE ANIMALS I WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT I DO FOR ANIMALS YOU DO THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Tucker

  • Cheryl says:

    I have been reading all the info everyone is putting in. I also love animals but for all the “you can’t use animals for experiements etc” I don’t seen anyone putting down alternatives?? What would you do? Get humans to volunteer? Look what happened in London with those 5 people who almost died by being “guinea pigs”? Now I realise that those drugs had probibly been tested on animals first but what about the number of tests that didn’t work on animals? Should they have been tested on you first? Who is going to volunteer? I certainly wouldn’t would you? It will become like the movies where people start to go “missing” being used for experimentation. I don’t agree with animal testing for cosmetics but I do understand that for medical advances unless someone comes up with an acceptable alternative and I haven’t heard any this is a necessary step before human testing. Cancer research as you and Sir Paul put it is done largely by experimenting on animals first are you saying that should you partner family member or friend be diagnosed tomorrow with cancer you would not be first in line for treatment you would opt to let someone close or yourself die on principle? I am sorry but with the hard reality of death in front of you I would find that very hard to believe. I do not wish Cancer on anyone and I only hope that Sir Paul’s family don’t get diagnosed again to put his theory’s to the test!

  • daniella says:

    he is amazing. it takes a lot to give something up like that!

  • Mike says:

    Aernold the whole point is humans are always the guinea pigs anyway. And even humans differ among themselves in reactions to different drugs. Thus the importance of pharmacogenomics microdosing and other technologies that take into account your own unique genetic makeup. Every dollar wasted on animal tests could be used to avoid debacles like Vioxx. Many scientists oppose animal testing for those reasons. Not that it really makes a difference but Hitler was not a vegetarian. Dione Lucas a European chef was an eyewitness to Hitler’s meateating. In her Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook 1964 Lucas drawing on her experiences as a hotel chef in Hamburg during the 1930s remembered being called upon quite often to prepare Hitler’s favorite dish which was not a vegetarian one. “I do not mean to spoil your appetite for stuffed squab” she writes “but you might be interested to know that it was a great favorite with Mr. Hitler who dined at the hotel often.”

  • a canadian says:

    Sir Paul not only you are compassionate ..you are simply unequivably the “BEST”. You are sunshine in our lives!!

  • Aernold says:

    The thing is Mike I would really like the believe there was a nice kind way to do thorough drug tests without using animals but the fact is that scientists say it’s necessary. I’m no scientist and nor are PETA I believe the experts. One thing that annoys me about PETA is the whole “Vegans good meat eaters bad” thing. Hitler was a veggie and Mother Theresa ate meat. Go figure! Nothing wrong with trying to stop unnecessary animal cruelty but comparing factory farms to Auschwitz and seeming to care more about animals than people is not going to wash with most people. Not to mention the publicity stunts which often backfire.

  • Mike says:

    Aernold if you really put people before animals as you write then you should be opposed to animal testing. “Although some adverse drug reactions ADR are not very serious others cause the death hospitalization or serious injury of more than 2 million people in the United States each year including more than 100000 fatalities. In fact adverse drug reactions are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.” Lazarou J Pomeranz BH Corey PN. Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients A metaanalysis of prospective studies. Journal of the American Medical Association Apr 15 1998 279 1200 1205. These are drugs that have ALL passed animal testing with flying colors. Also what about drugs that are forever discarded because of negative animal tests that might have turned out beneficial to humans? It’s a good thing we didn’t test chocolate on dogs. It can kill them. Animals are not surrogate humans and as such are not reliably predictive for what may or may not be effective for humans.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    Paul and his daughter are both wonderful people who use their celebrity in very positive ways especially when it comes to animals!!! They are truly awesome!! love you both and thanks for all you do!!

  • linda s. glover says:

    hello have always loved sir paul. and yes!! I agree there are other ways to do medical research and leave defenseless animals alone!!!is it just a human condition to pick on something more defenseless than us! I think so. so sir paul long may you stand up for the rites of animals! and steve you are a mental pygmy!

  • Corinne Titus says:

    Thank goodness there are a few celebrities that care about vivisection. I just wish everyone would stop using the word alternative because that word implies that vivisection actually works but is just not ethical. Paul if you read this please wirte me at CoryCatLadyaol.com. I would like to talk to you about my lawsuit I represented myself in against UCLA vivisectors. I didn’t win my case I am not a lawyer. However UCLA vivisector Dario Ringach quit on the same day I told UCLA I finally hired a lawyer who changed mind later. That day was August 4 2006. I can prove it with my deposition copy and Ringach’s email. Currently submitting story to newspapers. Thankyou Paul I look forward to meeting you someday. Keep up your efforts for lab animals and humans that need REAL research not fraud. Luv Corinne Titus

  • Carole says:

    Paul has always been the same wonderful kind caring soul and the facts that he’s greatly talented and gorgeous don’t hurt either. He’d been with Peta forever and never afraid to speak out against injustices. I hope he continues him magic for many years to come.

  • Kathy Ostram says:

    Sir Paul is my hero. I follow the PETA montra “Animals are not for us to eat wear or entertain us”. I no longer eat meat wear animal products or attend any “entertainment” that includes animals. It may seem strange to some but I would take animal companionship over a human. Years ago I worked at UC Medical Center and many times I fainted when I witnessed animals being experimented upon. I never visited the “animal tower” but heard the dogs barking from morning till night. I know there were medical advances but at what expence to our animal companions? I will always support PETA and Sir Paul you are a true animal guardian. Thank you.

  • Sue Florez says:

    Nobody in this thread addressed embryonic stem cell research. Could this be I hope I hope I hope that PETA is also going to start saving the baby humans? Or that most of you simply realize that embryonic stem cell research has not turned up any promising avenues? I eat meat and eggsfrom LOCAL farmers not factory farms. I am the human parent of two grown men and two rescued cats. I rabidly avoid beauty products that employ animal testing. However even veterinarians have to dissect animals in order to learn how to treat them. Not ALL animal research is bad. Most of those used in research would have wound up feral starving diseased and miserable. Humane euthanasia as distasteful as it may be is necessary.

  • Gayle Murphy says:

    Yeah yeah yeah way to go Paul. You’re the best. As for animal testing and experimentation there are plenty of twolegged subjects available and they’re called rapistschild killers cop killers serial killers use those miserable excuses for humans for experimentation instead of giving them free room and board in prison for years on end at the public’s expense!

  • :) says:

    Yes Sir Paul is wonderful person. This steve guy on the other hand is a moron. Hey steve why not leave the task of commenting on these boards to people who aren’t braindead.

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