Anderson took to Facebook to denounce the way ALS researchers conduct their testing. "Sorry, I can't bring myself to do your ice bucket challenge," she wrote. "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. I thought instead, I'd challenge ALS to stop animal testing."
Anderson has long been a vocal advocate for animal rights and obviously knows what she's talking about when it comes to the matter.
"[In] 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," she continued. "Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected."
While a lot of the celebrities who've taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over recent weeks seem far more concerned with raising awareness for their careers than the disease, Anderson's concern here comes off as totally genuine.
The former Baywatch star has been raising money and awareness for PETA for as long as we can remember. And, it's a cause that hasn't received anywhere near the amount of attention ALS research has since the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign began.
Anderson went on to point out that 92% of drugs that work on animals fail on humans.
"Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel — it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures."
Anderson concluded with her own call to action, urging people to visit HumaneSeal.org, an organization that supports charities who — according to her — "never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures." (Us Weekly)
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