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In the mail, on the phone, and on television, we are constantly solicited to support health charities. Deciding which ones deserve support can be difficult, especially given the fact that some fund very worthy programs while others continue to fund shocking animal experiments. To give you the heads-up on health charities, PCRM has created a new web page, Charitiesinfo.org.
On the down side is the March of Dimes, which has persisted in bankrolling experiments in which pregnant animals are given cocaine, nicotine, or other harmful drugs, even though we already know about the harmful effects of these substances on a developing human fetus. Likewise, the American Heart Association funded an experiment in which 27 live dogs had their heart vessels dissected even though, as veterinarian Holly Cheever, D.V.M., observed, “the kind of heart disease seen in humans has no correlation with canine heart problems.”
On the positive side, charities like the National Easter Seal Society, the American Kidney Fund, the Association of Birth Defect Children, and PCRM’s own Cancer Project fund no animal experiments at all, instead putting all their resources into effective human-based research, education, and direct services.
Charitiesinfo.org should prove to be a powerful tool to direct charitable donations to the programs that hold the most hope to humanely, effectively, and efficiently improve public health. Check out Charitiesinfo.org now and receive a free copy of our Guide to Cruelty-Free Giving.