Seinfeld Writer Supports Animal-Friendly Research
and author Carol Leifer, who has written for “Seinfeld” and
“Saturday Night Live,” is starring in a new national campaign
to promote health charities that don’t fund or conduct animals experiments.
new 30-second radio public service announcement produced by the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Leifer urges potential donors
to “Give and Let Live” by supporting compassionate charities
that provide vital care to patients and advance research without using animals.
ad introduces The Humane Charity Seal of Approval, a unique certification
program that allows potential donors to quickly identify those health charities
that match their values and don’t fund animal tests. The Humane Charity
Seal of Approval offers a rapidly expanding directory of charities that
fund only humane, human-based research or patient services.
experiments are no joke. Thank goodness scientists are finding better, more
humane ways to develop treatments for cancer and other killer diseases,”
says Leifer in the radio ad. For Leifer and many others who donate to charities,
a key concern is whether their donations might fund animal
experiments. Most Americans object to animals being used in experiments,
especially when more effective and humane methods such as cell and tissue
testing, computer-based modeling, and simulation are available. More than
65 percent of adults recently surveyed said they would be more likely to
donate to a health charity that had a policy of never funding animal experiments.
than 80 percent of those younger than 35 agreed. An estimated 115 to 127
million animals are currently used in experimental research worldwide. But
a growing number of scientists believe that animal experimentation is scientifically
flawed for physiological, genetic, and procedural reasons. The Humane Charity
Seal of Approval is administered by the Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine (PCRM). PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs
and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.