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Grimes rejects Ice Bucket Challenge over ALS Foundation’s use of animal testing

on August 24, 2014, 11:06am

A number of musicians —  including Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Pearl Jam, Jessie Ware, and Liam Gallagher —  have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). However, Grimes’ Claire Boucher has opted out of the challenge.

Boucher was recently nominated by DJ Richie Hawtin. However, as she explained on her Tumblr page, she decided not to donate money to the ALS Foundation “because of their record of testing on animals.”

The ALS Foundation acknowledges that it uses rodents, flies, and worms to “better understand disease mechanisms and develop therapies.” It also notes that “If a donor is not comfortable with a specific type of research, he or she can stipulate that their dollars not be invested in that particular area.”

Instead, Boucher “will donate money to the Malala Fund because education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today.”

Read her full statement below.

Haha okay, richie is probably the nicest and coolest person I’ve ever met so i can’t really refuse him. however, I would like to say that I don’t feel great about wasting water in this california drought, but i will donate money. However I will not donate money to this foundation because of their record of testing on animals, but I will donate money to the Malala fund because education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today. yep yep! do i have to make a video to nominate other people? if so I’ll do that later, but in the mean time Im calling out Detroit madness, Hana pestle and Blood diamonds

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