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Pamela Anderson’s Hypocrisy for Refusing ALS Support Due to Animal Testing



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This shows the moral vapidity of animal rights advocates who would rather that humans die awful deaths than see animals used in medical research.

Enter Pamela Anderson, who has refused to be doused with ice water in the clever ALS Association’s fund raising campaign because the charity supports using animals in research. From Anderson’s Facebook page:

I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket 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.  

I wonder if Anderson knows that the safety of the–er, enhancements–with which she famously endowed herself were also tested on animals. Here’s a sampling from an NIH-published Safety of Silicone Breast Implants:

Studies in experimental animals have reported modest adjuvant effects of silicone gel and some silicone fluids, but no clinical implications of adjuvant effects have been discovered. Human adjuvant disease is not a defined disease, and the term should be abandoned.

Other animal studies have not elucidated a role for silicone in immune disease. Cytokine assays have not provided conclusive evidence of immune activation. Evidence for silicone as a superantigen is insufficient. Modest decreases in natural killer cell activity have been reported after exposure to silicone, but no clinical roles or biological effects on resistance to infection, tumor surveillance or immune responses have been demonstrated in these studies.

I would say that breast implants are far less important than finding treatments for ALS. In any event, Anderson’s use of implants brands her a hypocrite. 

President Bush has now challenged President Clinton



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