Medical Charities Face Attacks over Animal Experimentation
Byline: Johnvon Radowitz
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to boycott four leading medical charities accused of supporting "horrific" animal experiments.
Welfare group Animal Aid is urging members of the public to halt donations to Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, the Alzheimer's Society and Parkinson's UK.
The organisation has published a report, Victims of Charity, highlighting charity-funded tests that were said to cause "appalling suffering" to animals such as mice, monkeys, pigs and dogs.
Examples included damaging the brains of monkeys with toxic chemicals, slowly destroying dogs' hearts, grafting cancer into animals and the use of diseased genetically engineered "mutants".
The campaign is backed by national newspaper adverts as well as postcards for members of the public to send to the charity chief executives with their comments. Animal Aid is calling on the public to withhold financial support from the four charities until they pledge to stop funding animal experiments.
Director Andrew Tyler said: "Animal Aid is under no illusions as to the pro-animal research lobby's significant financial and political clout. But the British public do not like the idea of animals enduring great suffering to no purpose, and Victims of Charity argues that this is precisely what is happening. …