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Don't contribute to animal experiments

Published Letter to the editor re March Of Dimes

Journal News, The (Westchester County, NY)
The Journal News
March 27, 2002

Don't contribute to animal experiments

The March of Dimes is beginning its annual WalkAmerica fund-raising.

Many people think their donations will go to help babies. Here are documented examples of how your donations are being spent:

In one of their experiments, kittens' eyes were sewn shut. They were left in horrifying conditions for a year, then killed, despite MOD

knowledge that human and nonhuman optical makeup is so different as to render the findings meaningless.

MOD experimenters kept monkeys in restraints for days at a time, gave ferrets brain damage, and spent millions of dollars addicting pregnant rats and newborn opossums to nicotine, cocaine and alcohol, though years ago it was well-established that these substances can harm developing babies.

Animal experiments hurt humans as well. Animal tests have led scientists in the wrong direction, holding back progress and prolonging human suffering. Animals have different constitutions than us.

MOD has! taken in almost $1 billion since 1970, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates for many birth defects have increased.

Many charities, including Easter Seals and Birth Defect Research for Children put funds into programs that directly benefit families affected by birth defects, and to progressive, non-animal research such as human cell and cultures and complex computer modeling and scanning techniques.

Want healthy babies? Eat whole-grain foods and lots of fruits and vegetables. Take vitamins. Don't consume alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or caffeine during pregnancy, all are implicated in birth defects. If you must contribute to MOD, please earmark your check, "For non- animal experiments only." Thank you.

Kiley Blackman


The writer is northeast representative of SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness

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