Cruelty-Free Giving: The Humane Seal
As the year draws to a close, many people make year-end donations to their favorite charities. Donors can be certain that their money will help advance research or provide vital patient services without the use of animals by looking for the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.
Since its inception in 2001, the Humane Seal has been awarded to nearly 250 charities, including Easter Seals, American Hospice Foundation, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, American Pediatric Heart Fund, UNICEF, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Charities displaying the Humane Seal of Approval do not fund or conduct research on animals.
The Humane Seal Web site (HumaneSeal.org) is easy to use. Donors can search for charities by keyword, category, or state; download a printer-friendly version of the Humane Seal list; or order a free printed booklet.
An increasing number of scientists and doctors are moving away from animal experiments because of physiological and biochemical differences between species and increasing recognition of the suffering involved. Many donors share these concerns: Surveys show that most Americans object to animals being used in medical research, especially when more effective and humane methods are available.