Why I’m refusing the Ice Bucket Challenge

So most of you who know me also know I don't mind acting like a nutter and playing the fool. You will also know I have pretty strong ethics regarding animal welfare and animal treatment. I also like to know what and who I am supporting when I do things. As a yoga teacher I try to incorporate Yama & Niyama into my life as much as possible and have a particular affinity with Ahimsa (non-harming). 800px-Mauviel_M30_Aluminum_Ice_Bucket My best friend, Helen, nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last night. As many of you know this challenge is about raising money for a particular ALS charity and it's one I cannot morally support due to it's use of outdated and unnecessary animal testing which cases pain, suffering and death to animals. This does not mean I have no compassion for those suffering with this disease, I do and would urge people to check out and donate to http://www.ccals.org/who offer support and help to people with the disease and their families. I will make a donation instead to this charity. Some of you may not agree with my views on this and I understand that, but I need to follow my own heart and my heart doesn't like hurting or killing in any way as all of you who know me will know very well! I'd like to quote an article about why Pamela Anderson didn't accept the challenge:

“I enjoy a good dare - It’s always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways. I don’t want to take away from that, but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper, I found that we may not be aligned - in our messages. “So I thought Instead I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing. Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, 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. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected. “What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)?” She continues: “In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS. “This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.”

So, I also would challenge ALS Association to stop animal testing and use less horrific and more effective ways to research cures and treatments. These alternatives are explained on this website: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-animal-testing/ I have made a donation to CCALS who promote holistic compassionate care for ALS suffered and their families and I urge others to do so too.