Sir Paul has been generous in his support of cancer charities since he lost Linda to the disease in 1998. Today, Sir Paul announced that he will boycott the cancer charities that test their research on animals. Sir Paul stated:
"When Linda died I said I would support cancer charities. Animal rights groups wrote to me pointing out that many were heavily into vivisection - and it's true. A doctor we knew out in America just admitted it as a matter of fact, innocently, like 'Well, sure we do.' What he doesn't realize is that he won't get a donation out of me for that very fact. There are better alternatives but you're not allowed to challenge the status quo."
His decision has been applauded by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). According to Alistair Currie, PETA's Senior Research and Campaigns Coordinator:
"Animal testing charities don't just miss out on big money; they miss out on medical progress. Animals are not furry little humans and their bodies cannot reliably predict results for human conditions. While we know a great deal about cancer in mice, we don't know anywhere near enough about cancer in humans. Thankfully, there are plenty of charities that go for the triple win: they don't cause animal suffering; they do support modern non-animal research that increases the chance of finding cures for humans; and they get the money of smart, compassionate donors."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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