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From 27 December 2000 Issue

Richard Pryor Speaks Out
from Amanda Valencia - [email protected]

Los Angeles - Richard Pryor may suffer from multiple sclerosis, but the legendary comic is so adamantly against the use of animals in medical experiments, he's helming a new PETA campaign against charities that try to eliminate human suffering by inflicting pain and death on animals.

"Make sure the check you write to a charity doesn't pay for cruel, pointless experiments on animals," warns Pryor from the cover of the animal rights group's newest publication. "Your donation should help end suffering -- not cause it."

Entitled "Health Charities: Helping or Hurting?," the PETA booklet lists charities, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, that (often unbeknownst to donors) bankroll experiments on animals. Also listed are charities that vow never to spend contributions on animal tests. Pryor posed for PETA in Los Angeles this fall. Sharing the cover with him is a white rat who was rescued from a testing laboratory. Free copies of "Health Charities: Helping or Hurting?" may be obtained by calling PETA's toll-free "Charities Hotline" at 1-866-TEST-KIND.

Jennifer Lee, who describes herself as "Richard Pryor's partner-in business and in life - for the last 23 years," recorded the hotline's outgoing message. "Helping Richard live with multiple sclerosis has been challenging, rewarding, and enlightening," Lee tells callers. "One thing I discovered early on is that, while some charities ask for money to help people with diseases, they actually spend your dollars on horrible experiments on dogs, rabbits, primates, and other animals."

Pryor and Lee hope their efforts will convince those who are in a generous mood (and eager to meet year-end tax deadlines) to give exclusively to PETA-approved, cruelty-free charities, such as Easter Seals and the National Federation of the Blind. These organizations focus on prevention and patient services and utilize modern research methods such as human clinical trials and in vitro tests.

"If the season finds you sharing your good fortune with others, please don't give to charities that fund experiments on animals," says Pryor.

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