Target: Pamela Anderson
Goal: Thank actress for using the influx of donations to ALS research to speak out against animal testing
Recently, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease, has become widely acknowledged through a popular social media campaign known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Willful advocates of finding a cure for ALS dump buckets of ice cold water on their heads, often along with donating to the ALS foundation and assigning friends and family members to the challenge. While on the surface this seems like a worthy cause to donate to, some celebrities assigned to the challenge have spoken out about the foundation, refusing to donate or participate in the challenge. Pamela Anderson, a vocal animal rights advocate, has refused because the foundation frequently tests on animals.
The ALS foundation does indeed test on animals—mice, flies, worms and monkeys fall victim to tests designed to inflict immense pain on the subject. According to a public statement from Anderson, the ALS foundation recently drilled holes into the skulls of mice, as well as injected toxic chemicals into the brains of monkeys. A small amount of research yields animal testing to be close to useless. Testing on animals is more often than not an unreliable means to developing important information about disease cures.
Anderson boldly challenged the ALS to adopt research practices that do not involve testing on animals. The ALS has responded to her plea, stating that testing on animals has led the foundation to important discoveries. The foundation also states that a donor may specify that his or her donation must not be used for animal testing and the foundation would respect the donor’s request. However, incredible medical advancements would allow the foundation to halt its animal testing for good. Advanced computer modeling and volunteer human subjects would be appropriate, consensual methods of research in place of animal testing.
While finding a cure for ALS is extremely important in order to save the lives of thousands, animal lives are no less important. Finding a cure for ALS should not involve debilitating another species. Commend Anderson for bringing this realization to the masses, as well as for challenging the ALS foundation.
Dear Pamela Anderson,
I am writing to thank you for speaking out against animal testing within the ALS foundation. You recently denied partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, instead challenging the foundation to step away from animal testing to adopt non-abusive medical research. The ALS Foundation has experienced exponential donations, so it can surely use a fraction of that money to find alternatives to animal testing.
Thank you for your continued support of downtrodden and abused animals. I sincerely hope the ALS Foundation makes major changes to its program.
[Your Name Here]
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