Animal Aid is urging the public not to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, as the Motor Neurone Disease Association - the main beneficiary of the craze in the UK - funds experiments on animals.
Over the past 10 years, around 12 experimental treatments that showed promise in animal “models” of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a type of motor neurone disease) have been given to humans in clinical trials. All except one treatment failed. For genuine progress to be made in treating this devastating condition, charities like the Motor Neurone Disease Association must focus their resources entirely on humane and effective non-animal research.
For a free pocket guide to charities that do and don’t fund vivisection, send an email to Isobel@animalaid.co.uk