Pamela Anderson loves animals and that’s why the star will not be dumping a bucket of water on her head.
The former Baywatch actress didn’t just turn down the Ice Bucket Challenge — she dissed the ALS Foundation super hard for supposedly testing treatments and cures on animals.
The foundation says the campaign has been a massive success, rallying almost a million new donors who have forked over more than $42 million so far. But Anderson won’t be one of them any time soon.
In a post to her Facebook page Wednesday, Anderson called the foundation’s practices “cruel” and “outdated.”
“Mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion,” she wrote. “Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.”
Anderson, who has been a longtime animal rights activist and currently serves as an ambassador for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, went on to say that animal testing isn’t even that helpful where humans are concerned.
“Even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases,” she wrote.
By Thursday evening, the post had garnered more than 44,000 likes and nearly 16,000 shares.
Both PETA and Aussie animal rights group, Humane Research Australia, endorsed Anderson’s stance.
“People mean well when they donate to health charities, but many are unaware that they may inadvertently be supporting cruel and unnecessary animal experiments,” said Helen Marston, chief executive of Humane Research Australia. “With growing awareness of the dangers of reliance on data from animal tests, the public should be able to make an informed choice as to how their generous donations are really being spent.”
Anderson threw out a challenge of her own — she wants the ALS Foundation to adopt more “sophisticated” testing methods.
“Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel — it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures,” she wrote.
What do you think? Does Pam have a point or will you still support the #IceBucketChallenge?