Give to charities without hurting animals
CHRISTMAS is a time of giving, and during this time of year many people make donations to charity.
But many popular health charities fund animal research, often without making it clear to the public.
As a result, the public continues to donate money with the best of intentions to medical and health charities not realising that they may actually be funding animal experiments.
CEO of Humane Research Australia Helen Marston said people donate to health and medical charities in good faith.
“Wanting to contribute to finding genuine cures, yet many would be appalled to learn that their generous contributions might actually be funding cruel animal experiments,” Helen said.
“There is now a growing awareness that animals are not good models on which to base human research.
“We therefore need to invest in the development of non-animal methods of research – methods that are ‘human-relevant’ and therefore more likely to result in genuine medical progress.”
The Humane Charities List is a list of health and medical research charities which have advised HRA that they do not fund animal-based research.
This means that you can safely make a donation knowing that you are not financially supporting animal experiments.
The list now stands at 97 and includes many well-known charities like HeartKids, beyondblue and the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The list provides some ease for people who, when solicited for donations can now ask ‘Are you on the Humane Charities List?’ making it much easier to express their disapproval of animal experiments. Visit humanecharities.org.au.