Find Humane Health Charities the Easy Way
Are your donations to health charities really cruelty free? Many people give to health charities without realizing that they are indirectly supporting animal experiments. The Humane Charity Seal of Approval helps donors separate charities that fund animal experiments from those that provide vital services or advance research without the use of animals.
Since its inception is 2001, the Humane Seal has approved nearly 250 charities, including Easter Seals, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, American Pediatric Heart Fund, UNICEF, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Parkinson’s Resource Organization, and Help Hospitalized Veterans. The Humane Seal Web site is easy to use, so donors can search for charities by keyword, category, or state. Web visitors can also download a printer-friendly version of the Humane Seal list or order a free printed booklet.
Surveys show that most Americans object to animals being used in medical research, especially when more effective and humane methods such as cell and tissue testing, computer-based modeling, and simulation are available. In fact, more than 65 percent of adults surveyed in a 2005 poll said they would be more likely to donate to a health charity that had a policy of never funding animal experiments. More than 80 percent of those under age 35 agreed. Support for humane charities is rapidly increasing.
The Humane Seal is administered by PCRM on behalf of the Council on Humane Giving, a coalition of physician and animal protection groups. If your favorite charity doesn’t carry the Humane Seal, use this opportunity to contact that organization and urge them to stop funding animal research.
PCRM’s Washington Center for Clinical Research and The Cancer Project both proudly carry the Humane Seal. Visit www.HumaneSeal.org to see a list of all the charities.
PCRM Online, December 2007