If you’ve been on social media at all within the last 7 days, you’ve probably been bombarded with this whole “Ice Bucket Challenge,” where people dump buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness (and money) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. While raising awareness and funds for a horrible disease is a noble cause, much of the money being raised is going to clinics that test on animals. This is where things get complicated
I was met with a lot of hostility this week, as were many fellow animal lovers, when we chose to opt out of the ALS ice bucket challenge as a way to raise awareness of the cruelty that animals suffer at our hands.
This was in no way meant to detract from the ALS message. It was to promote awareness for both parties, to discuss ALS, it’s heartbreaking and horrific symptoms, and how we can donate to laboratories that do not test on animals. It seems counterproductive to be so passionate about stopping a terrifying disease because beings are suffering greatly but being for other beings suffering and with no guarantees that this will help cure anything. Ever.
I Love Dr.Neal Bernard and he wrote this article recently on the alternatives to animal testing and who you can donate to instead of animal testing labs. If you’re interested in giving back but don’t want to promote animal testing, Compassionate Care works to find those cures and doesn’t condone testing on animals. Also, Humaneseal.org lists a variety of charities that do not promote animal testing as well.
Put the bucket down and get to donating to a really good cause!