We’d already been hearing backlash to the viral ice bucket challenge for ALS, but Pamela Anderson is the first we’ve heard to object on this moral ground.
The longtime vegan and animal rights activist issued a Facebook statement this week saying she’s not playing along because, she claims, ALS researchers use animals for testing.
“Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel — it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures,” wrote the former PETA Person of the Year.
“Instead, I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing.”
Aw, come on. We know she just doesn’t want to get her hair wet, though there is a lot less of it these days.
The viral challenge has raised nearly $42 million dollars for The ALS Association. And while lots of Hollywood celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon, there are others like Anderson who have just said no.
Zachary Quinto took a pass because he saw it as a waste of water in the face of “staggering drought in California and the desperate need for clean drinking water in developing countries.”