Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Monday, January 03, 2005

Don't hurt the rabbit!

On New Year's Eve I was disappointed to see a man in the street collecting money for the charity Cancer Research UK. Not my favourite charity at the best of times, on this occasion I felt sickened by the irony of how the man was dressed. He was wearing a Bugs Bunny costume.

"Is this some kind of joke?" I asked him.

It's a sad fact that Cancer Research UK fund research using animals. Many people argue that it would be crazy not to use animals in the desperate search for a cancer cure. Yet Animal Aid has managed to compile a list of around a hundred health charities that don't test on animals, including a number of cancer research charities. On the same page, they list charities that do test on animals, as well as a number that don't fit neatly into either category.

Click here
to view the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection's excellent page on cancer research and animal testing.


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