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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Reform the March of Dimes – 27 July 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Every year when spring rolls around, I dread those “walk-a-thons” that so many people unknowingly waste their time and money on. Most of them don’t realize that they are contributing to worse than useless “research” that does nothing to fight disease and only wastes precious time and money that could be used to really help people. In addition, they are contributing to unnecessary and sadistic cruelty to innocent animals that most people would find horrendous, if they knew about it. The March of Dimes is one of those that I’m writing about.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is an organization that we’re happy to support because they are educating the public about compassionate research.

Most participants at March of Dimes WalkAmerica events “have no idea that the charity funds animal experiments, some of which have been extraordinarily cruel.”

The March of Dimes has funded such experiments as “sewing shut the eyelids of newborn kittens; injecting pregnant animals with cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol; tethering pregnant monkeys to cages with monitoring cables running through the mothers’ uteruses and into their fetuses’ bodies; and deliberately injuring the lungs of newborn lambs. Not only are these experiments cruel but they have also failed to lead to advances in preventing or understanding birth defects.”

“The rates of almost all birth defects have either remained steady or increased in this country. The number of preterm births has risen steadily since 1969, and the rate of maternal mortality has not improved since the 1980’s.”

“While the March of Dimes does not reveal the exact amount spent on animal experiments, estimates go up to $30 million. PCRM is encouraging the organization to devote this money to worthwhile services, including prenatal care, education, social programs, and human-based research.” (Reprinted from “Good Medicine,” Summer 2007, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

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