In a move that got her extensive media coverage, actress and activist Pamela Anderson decided not to take on an ALS Bucket Challenge, citing that ALS Association funds research makes use of animal testing. The whole premise behind the bucket challenge was for people to throw ice water over their heads to bring awareness to a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) as well as raise money for further research of this illness.
On Anderson’s Facebook page, she stated that there was a large failure rate in medical experiments that are tested on animals. But then she went even one step further:
"I thought instead I'd challenge ALS to stop animal testing. [In] recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice [had] holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling diseases, 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."
Good for you, Pam!
The sad news is that some people are claiming Anderson has ruined the bucket challenge, and that she is taking the opportunity to draw attention to herself. However, on the same Facebook post, Anderson also urged fans:
"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."
Anderson won’t be associated with animal testing and by being open and clear about this with her followers, she will hopefully make people aware of the cruelty and baselessness in animal testing, as well as why we should not be accepting it blindly.
Anderson is not the only celebrity that has turned down the bucket challenge. Ariana Grande, twenty-one year old actress and performing artist, didn’t participate for a different, but also environmentally-important, reason. Since she had donated money to the cause, the actress told MTV that she did not feel she had to upload a video of herself doing the challenge because it was a waste of water, an important and precious resource that many in the world do not have appropriate or ample access to.
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