In response to our finding out that Discover Financial Services
supports non-humane biomedical research, today we sent the following
e-mail to David W. Nelms, Chief Executive Officer at
Dear Mr. Nelms:
We are long-time Discover Card customers who have been satisfied with
your service over the years.
In any good relationship, we think you will agree, it is important to
voice concerns as they arise. Therefore, we are taking this opportunity
to express our deep dismay concerning Discover Card’s support of the”
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.”
Unfortunately this charity funds research utilizing animals.
In this day and age, in the eyes of more and more people,
experimentation on animals is fast becoming archaic, unnecessary, and
thoroughly distasteful. It also has the potential to harm humans, as in
the case of thalidomide, etc., since results with animals may not be
applicable to humans. In addition, time and money are wasted on
worthless, redundant research.
As retired business executives ourselves, we understand that Discover
has made a mistake on this one. We all make mistakes. It’s how we
respond to our errors that makes the difference. Please don’t compound
this error by defending an unfortunate decision.
There are many charities that do not fund research that utilizes
animals. Many are listed on the web site HumaneSeal.org.
We look forward to your reply and to any questions you may have.
Frank L. Hoffman
Mary T. Hoffman