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Attention Kmart Shoppers! Does Your Company Contribute to Animal Experiments?

Many businesses encourage their employees and customers to support worthy causes. If you buy your groceries at Safeway, buy a car from General Motors, or drink A&W Root Beer, you are indeed supporting a worthy charity. All of these businesses donate to PCRM’s 1997 Charity of the Year, the National Easter Seal Society, which provides direct services to those with disabilities, works to improve education and employment opportunities for the disabled, and funds research to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities and to prevent birth defects and other disabilities.

On the other hand, if you are a customer or employee of Kmart, CIGNA HealthCare, or Ford Motor Company, you may be dismayed to learn that these businesses still support the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, which funds experiments on animals.

As is now well known, the March of Dimes has spent millions of dollars on experiments giving nicotine, cocaine, and alcohol to animals, even though we already know from human clinical experience that these substances can harm a developing baby. Other March of Dimes experimenters have sewn kittens’ eyelids shut and left them in that condition for months before killing them.

The March of Dimes has collected nearly $900 million at WalkAmerica events since the fundraising walks began in 1970. While it does fund some service and education programs and limited epidemiologic research, PCRM holds that it should put all its resources into human population studies to track down the causes of birth defects, and prenatal education and care to prevent them. Regrettably, the rates for most types of birth defects are going up, not down.

Kmart has been the top WalkAmerica fundraiser for the last 12 years and has raised nearly $1 million each year for the charity. This year, Kmart outlets stocked WalkAmerica sponsor forms and collected in-store donations. CIGNA HealthCare was the number two WalkAmerica corporate fundraisers. Other national WalkAmerica sponsors include the Florida Department of Citrus and the Kellogg Company.

Please write to the companies you patronize or work for, asking them to contribute to the many hard-working organizations that fund human-based research and services.

You can also contact the local businesses in your area, such as radio or television stations, local retail chains, or regional banks. Let them know how you feel about experiments on animals and offer them information on cruelty-free charities they can support.

The following companies have supported the
March of Dimes, which has yet to apologize for its shocking animal experiments:
The following are smaller sponsors of the March of Dimes:
Jules Schneider, Pres.
P.O. Box 1916
Edison, NJ 08818-1916
Little Tikes Company
Gary Kleinjan, Pres.
2180 Barlow Rd.
Hudson, OH 44236
Farmers Insurance Group
Martin Feinstein, Pres.
4680 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Mercedes-Benz of N. Am.
Michael Jackson, Pres.
1 Mercedes Dr.
Montvale, NJ 07645
CIGNA HealthCare
H. Edward Hanway, Pres.
900 Cottage Grove Rd.
Bloomfield, CT 06002
First Union National Bank
Edward Crutchfield, C.E.O.
1 First Union Ctr., 40th Fl.
Charlotte, NC 28288
Mervyn’s California
Bart Butzer, Pres.
25001 Industrial Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545
Florida Dept. of Citrus
Dan Santangelo, Exec. Dir.
Florida Orange Growers
P.O. Box 148
Lakeland, FL 33802
J.C. Penney Company
W.B. Tygart, Pres.
6501 Legacy Dr.
Plano, TX 75024
NationsBank Corporation
Kenneth Lewis, Pres.
Corporate Center
100 N. Tryon St., 18th Fl.
Charlotte, NC 28255
Ford Motor Company
Alex Trotman, Pres.
American Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48121
Jeanswear Communications
Norman Carr, Pres.
475 Park Ave. S., 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10016-6901
Office Depot, Inc.
David Fuente, Pres.
2200 Old Germantown Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
The Kellogg Company
Arnold Langbo, Pres.
One Kellogg Square
P.O. Box 3599
Battle Creek, MI 49016
The Kroger Company
David Dillon, Pres.
1014 Bine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publix Supermarkets
W. Edwin Crenshaw, Pres.
1936 George Jenkins Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Kmart Corporation
Floyd Hall, Pres.
3100 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084-3163
Lederle Consumer Health
Centrum Vitamins
Kenneth Martin, Pres.
5 Giralda Farms
Madison, NJ 07940
Schering-Plough HealthCare Products
Rodolfo Bryce, Pres.
Dr. Scholl’s Division
110 Allen Rd.
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938


Autumn 1997

Autumn 1997
Volume VI
Number 4

Good Medicine

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