Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
15 September 1999


From Stella Pavlides - [email protected]

Stella Pavlides has really been struggling and fighting a valiant battle to advance the cause of Vitilago without using animals for research. She has depleted personal funds in this struggle. It is shameful that she enlightened the Maury Povich show folks on this disease and they canceled her appearance just days prior to taping and instead chose to give her promised airtime to the other Vitilago foundation that does promote animal research. I hope folks will write Povich and ask for equal time for a rebuttal.

Stella writes :
Here is the information you requested regarding the Maury Povich Show. Originally, I sent a certified, return receipt requested letter to the Maury Show for the possibility of raising public awareness on vitiligo a disease that I myself suffer with for the past 32 years. I did receive a phone call from Anne Graboski. I believe she is an associate producer for the show. This all took place approximately August 13, 1999. When we spoke on the phone, I did state that there was another vitiligo foundation "The National Vitiligo Foundation, Inc." That they were located in Tyler, Texas. Also, that they sponsored animal testing and that the "American Vitiligo Research, Foundation, Inc.", our foundation did NOT sponsor any animal testing, nor would it ever consider such. That is the sole purpose of establishing the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, Inc. in 1995. Anne then said that she would work with the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, Inc., because this foundation first contacted them on the awareness of vitiligo. I was then asked to have children with the disease call the show for a taping to be aired in the near future. I then proceeded to call the researchers and doctors who specialize in this disease, and they did in fact offer some children.

On Friday, Sept. 3, approximately at 4:40pm, I received an email telling me that Annes' producer (Dan) had in fact found another child in which he was going to pursue for the taping. She stated in her email that he found the child through the "National Vitiligo Foundation, Inc." in Tyler, Texas. I later found out that the National Vitiligo Foundation would get the air time originally promised to the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, Inc. for donations and awareness. I am appealing to each and every animal advocate worldwide for support on this urgent matter. Since the American Vitiligo Research Foundation did ALL the work from the beginning, solely for the animals' benefit, I believe that the Maury Show should be told that their decision has no integrity. The reason for approaching the television media is as follows:
* public awareness:
* research funding with NO animal testing.

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or by calling 1-800-547-6912

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