We all want to contribute to a healthy population in order to prevent devastating diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS; to offer assistance to those who are experiencing illness; and to find cures as quickly as possible.
According to many scientists, the best hope for the prevention or cure of many diseases is relevant and progressive nonanimal research methods, such as in vitro cell and tissue cultures, microfluidic circuits, computer modeling, microdosing, and epidemiological studies. This knowledge, as well as ethical considerations for animals, has led many people to be concerned about the continued use of ineffective and outdated animal methods in medical research. They prefer to support health charities that sponsor more responsible and humane alternatives.
If you are unsure whether a health charity funds animal experiments, before donating you should call the organization. Explain that you are concerned about this issue. If the charity representative is unsure of the answer, politely but firmly insist that he or she look into it. Every call like this will make it clear to health charities that this is an important issue.
To learn more about the other work the Physicians Committee is doing to make research more human-relevant click here.