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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) announced to its supporters today that it’s launching a $100,000 fundraiser for its anti-animal-testing campaign, “First, Do No Harm.”

Through this campaign, the group hopes to intensify its own lifesaving programs, initiatives, and cruelty-free efforts, as well as put the spotlight on more than 21 known medical training programs that employ the use of dogs, pigs, and other animals –and subject them to cruel testing methods before killing them to analyze the results.

PCRM explains that animal testing is not only inherently cruel, but also highly ineffective in training future doctors, as the results are not accurate in mirroring human response, can take a lot of time, waste money, and are not as efficient as the many non-animal testing alternatives. Many argue that scientific animal testing remains today not because it is the best method but because it has simply become the status quo.

Nearly 40 countries have already banned animal testing for cosmetics. This is just one industry, among many, beginning to recognize the autonomy and individuality of animals — and also that the interest in cruelty-free and vegan products is growing rapidly.

To donate to PCRM, please click here. The sooner the group raises the funds, the sooner they can get to work for animals and a brighter, more advanced future for science.

Photo by Kirschners Korner 

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