Seeing a great PR opportunity for PETA, Pam Anderson decided to publicly announce that she would NOT be doing the Ice Bucket Challenge because the ALS Association experiments on rodents. Was anyone really chomping at the bit for her to do one? This isn’t 1995, lady.
Here’s her dumb message from her dumb Facebook page. Good luck trying to make it all the way through –
I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge.
I enjoy a good dare- It’s always good to bring awareness – in fun, creative ways / I don’t want to take away from that.
but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper. I found that we may not be aligned – in our messages. So…
– I thought Instead / I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing /– 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.
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. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.
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 Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.
Please, 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.
Her logic is basically, “none of the testing they’ve done so far has led to a cure, so they should give up.” Yeah, that’s usually how testing goes, that’s why they’re tests. If they knew what would work then they wouldn’t need to raise all this money for experiments. Nothing works… until it does, and then you have a life-changing cure for a crippling disease.
The NY Post elaborates –
The California Biomedical Research Association, for example, documents how “virtually every medical breakthrough in human and animal health has been the direct result of research using animals.”
This includes saving the lives of diabetics through the discovery of insulin and the testing of the polio vaccine on animals, which reduced the global epidemic of the disease from “350,000 cases in 1998 to 223 in 2012.”
Well, I’m convinced. I love animals too, but if it’s us or them, I’m picking them. I’m not saying torture them… unless the torture actually helps find a cure, in which case, torture away!
I found this to be a neat tidbit that Pam should stick up her butt –
An estimated 80 medicines and vaccines discovered via animal research are now also used to treat animals fighting rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, tetanus, infectious hepatitis virus and more.
Blah, blah, blah, this isn’t an argument worth having. I feel like Pam is just trying to get attention, and I’m giving it to her. I liked her a lot better in the days of V.I.P. (Vallery Irons Protection). That was back when Pam was fun. Sigh.
I want more like this!
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