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Taking Up the Cause: The Humane Charity Seal of Approval

Thousands of organizations claim to be in the health care business, but only a handful are committed to ethical research. Slowly but surely, with the public's growing disdain for animal experimentation, tides are beginning to turn and progress is being made.

One such bright light is the network of charities that have earned the Humane Charity Seal of Approval, the official symbol created by PCRM and other member organizations of the Council on Humane Giving to identify cruelty-free organizations that use only human-based research and services.

Among participating charities is the National Federation for the Blind, the nation's largest and most influential organization of its kind, well-known for providing information, referral services, scholarships, and legal advocacy, as well as recently supporting blind climber Erik Weihenmayer in his successful ascent to the summit of Mt. Everest. The Garland Appeal, an organization founded by Paul McCartney in honor of his wife Linda, raises funds to help fight breast cancer and promote the healing power of music. Follow-Your-Heart Foundation helps people with severe neuromuscular disorders to attain functional independence using electrical stimulation and mechanical "walking" braces through a science called the Dynamics Functional Orthosis Program.

PCRM and other Council on Humane Giving organizations created the Humane Charity Seal of Approval to take the guesswork out of giving. Armed with such information, anyone who wants to see medical research move away from animal experiments in favor of high-tech alternatives, human clinical studies, and other superior methods of study can sponsor the work of organizations that share their values.

As awareness of the Humane Charity Seal of Approval grows, we encourage you to tell others how to spot cruelty-free charities and to let your favorite organizations know how to apply for inclusion.

Visit the Humane Charity Seal of Approval website.

The Growing List of Ethical Charities

PCRM and PCRM's Cancer Project were the first charities to use the Humane Charity Seal of Approval. They have been joined by many others. Here's a partial list:

  • A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research
  • American Vitiligo Research Foundation
  • Arthritis Trust of America
  • Birth Defect Research for Children
  • Brain Injury Association
  • Bronx Home Care Services, Inc.
  • Calvary Fund of Calvary Hospital
  • CHANGE, Inc.
  • Follow-Your-Heart Foundation
  • Foundation for the Junior Blind
  • The Garland Appeal
  • Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
  • Independence Crossroads
  • Miracle House of New York
  • Mt. Angel Training Center and Residential Services
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • Opportunities Unlimited
  • Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc.
  • VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Autumn 2001 (Volume X, Number 4)
 Autumn 2001
Volume X
Number 4

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