Sir Paul McCartney Ditches Cruel Charities

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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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