Actress Pamela Anderson has turned down the Ice Bucket Challenge being used to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association.
Ms Anderson, who is an active animal rights activist, said she was turning down the challenge because of ALS animal testing history.
In a Facebook post written on 20th August 2014, the actress challenged the ALS to stop Animal testing.
The former Baywatch star wrote: “Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.”
She noted that experiments made on animals have not been successful in finding a cure for ALS.
What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)? In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS. This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases.”
Ms Anderson, who was named PETA’s Person of the Year in 2010, added: “Sophisticated non-animal testing methods—including in vitro methods, advanced computer-modeling techniques, and studies with human volunteers, among others—have given us everything from the best life-saving HIV drugs to cloned human skin for burn victims. Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.”
She appealed to all to “help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting HumaneSeal.org to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures.”
By 22nd August 2014, the ALS Association said it had received $53.3. million in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year.