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Support Cruelty-Free Breast Cancer Charities

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Support Cruelty-Free Breast Cancer CharitiesAs a breast cancer survivor, I find October-which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month-to be a bittersweet time for me. On one hand, I’m absolutely joyous that I’ve been cancer-free for 17 years, but I’m also reminded of the suffering that many others still endure. I think about the women struggling with breast cancer and about their worried, worn-out loved ones, but I also think about the countless animals who are caged and killed in experiments while researchers try in vain to find a cure for breast cancer.

In addition to being cruel, animal experiments are dangerously misleading. Because of the enormous differences between animals and humans, data taken from experiments conducted on one species cannot be accurately applied to another species. In fact, animal experimentation often delays effective treatments for human diseases. Taxol, a promising breast cancer drug, was shelved for years because animal tests indicated that the drug was ineffective. Later, after animal tests were dropped in favor of more accurate tests on actual human cancer cells, Taxol was found to be one of the most effective breast cancer treatments available.

Although other experimental cancer drugs do seem to reduce tumors in mice, experts agree that the very same drugs are usually useless to people. Dr. Richard Klausner, the former director of the National Cancer Institute, admits that “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.”

Instead of wasting time and money on inhumane experiments that don’t work, charities such as the Love/Avon Army of Women, the American Breast Cancer Foundation,  and the Breast Cancer Fund put all their resources into direct care, clinical studies, community education, and prevention-humane, effective programs that can really help us understand, prevent, and treat breast cancer while improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer. Unfortunately, many other charities, including the American Cancer Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation fund cruel and archaic animal experiments. You can find a complete list of cruel and kind charities here.

I don’t want any animals abused in my name. There is already enough suffering in this world; we don’t need to cause any more. Animals’ lives are just as important to them as ours are to us. They have feelings-just as people with breast cancer do-and given current technological advances, there is no reason to inflict unnecessary suffering on animals.

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  • Stacy Kaiser says:

    Love your article.

  • This should NOt be happening in this day n age ffs!!!! says:

    I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer …and I would rather die than have animals suffer to aid research into this disease.. god bless those poor creatures : (((

  • Jaya Bhumitra says:

    Also, you can prevent and even reverse cancer in many cases with a plant-based diet. No need to search for a cure when a cure already exists! It is much easier on your body to eat plant-based foods and avoid cancer in the first place, or, if you have cancer, to eat plant-based foods to try to reverse the disease rather than suffering through chemo and radiation. For more information, check out ForksOverKnives.com.

  • Shaynie Aero says:

    The suffering of animals in “charity” funded labs is unthinkable and gruesome, and full of torture and agony…… besides being a money-making fraud!

  • Sarah says:

    What a wonderfully-written letter! Hope you don’t mind, but I paraphrased your letter in order to send (some required under 2,000 characters) to the organizations listed as participating in cruel animal experimentation for breast cancer research purposes.

    Thanks for your wonderful contribution on behalf of all of us who have undergone breast cancer treatment, and Congratulations on your continuing survival!


    The ‘ANIMAL MODEL’ (ab)used by bad research is simply an ALIBI to obtain financial FUNDING.


    In case of any kind of malignant cancer (368 types approx or more), when ‘ THEY ‘ ask to sign the INFORMED CONSENT you become a guinea-pig .
    I often read that the Informed Consent seems a sort of cunning, sly medical protection to face possible penal actions due to a dangerous and experimental therapy .
    No progress at all since The Washington Post published a detailed inquiry. (‘ The War on Cancer: first do not harm’ , by Ted Gup an Jonathan Neumann – Oct 19, 1981) but a lot of experimental drugs.
    We are still at the stake.
    And NAKED EMPRESS by HANS RUESCH seems written today!
    The sole ‘advanced methods’ are those on how to collect money from scared people.
    Annamaria Sette de Paolis

  • Audrey David says:

    As a bc survivor myself, I heartily applaud your sentiments. Just because we have suffered, doesn’t allow us to turn a blind eye on the appalling suffering of animals in labs. That we continue to do this in the name of science, in the name of “sick children” just nauseates me. I stopped giving to most cancer charities because of this, feeling guilty, torn, wrenched by the knowledge that my own cure came about thru torturing animals. No more. I am sadder, wiser, and won’t be manipulated by the greed of big pharmaceuticals and insurance companies. There are other ways. Let’s find them, and stop excusing inexcusable behavior.

  • Ashley Jordan says:

    Thank you for highlighting the cruelty – and futility – of animal testing to cure human diseases. I used the link to find UK charities that help people without hurting animals but only one came up – ‘Quest Cancer Research’ and they don’t have a proper website yet. In the current economic climate all charities are struggling with reduced donations. We should all give whatever we can to the humane charities and a clear message to all the rest that we will not support charities that cause harm and suffering to animals.

  • Alicia says:

    I support your cause. Love, Alicia

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