Volunteer with PCRM to Encourage Ethical Research

The Physicians Committee

Volunteer with PCRM to Encourage Ethical Research

1. Ask the March of Dimes’ sponsors to support charities that do not fund experiments on animals.
By educating corporate sponsors about the March of Dimes’ inhumane animal experiments, we can encourage sponsors to end their support of the March of Dimes or at least restrict donations to non-animal programs. Use our sample letter to get started. View the list of national sponsors.

2. Promote the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.
Support charities that have the Humane Charity Seal of Approval. These charities have committed to providing direct services and care to patients or to funding state-of-the-art medical research without the use of animals.

Use PCRM’s Humane Seal stickers. If you are solicited by a charity that does not have the Humane Seal of Approval, apply our “I only support charities with the Humane Seal” sticker to the solicitation and send it back to the charity.

Distribute Humane Seal booklets. You can help promote non-animal research by passing out these booklets at pet stores, veterinarians’ offices, animal shelters, dog parks, pet walks, “blessing of the animals” ceremonies, or any other animal-friendly event or location.

To obtain stickers, booklets, or any other Humane Seal materials to share with your friends, family, and community, please contact info@humaneseal.org or 202-686-2210, ext. 369

3. Encourage your school to use dissection alternatives.
Students of all ages are concerned about animal dissection—and rightly so. There’s no need to use animals in the classroom when so many alternatives exist. There are many things you can do to educate your teachers, school administrators, and fellow students about the drawbacks of dissection and the effective and humane alternatives to the use of animals.

4. Contact medical schools that continue to use live animal labs.
While 90 percent of medical schools in the United States have replaced inhumane live animal labs with modern and humane alternatives, these medical schools continue to use live animals to teach basic concepts in human physiology, pharmacology, and/or surgery. If your local universities or alma mater are on this list, please write school officials to express your concerns about these crude exercises.

5. Thank medical schools that no longer use live animal labs.
Many schools no longer use live animal labs to train medical students. If your local universities or alma mater are on this list, please thank school officials for their humane policy.

6. Help stop animal-to-human organ transplants.
You can help stop dangerous and cruel animal-to-human organ transplants by becoming an organ donor. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. PCRM can supply you with organ donor cards. For more information, please contact research@pcrm.org or 202-686-2210, ext. 329.