I’m trying to sort out sponsorship for a 10KM run I’m doing next month. I had wanted to donate half of the funds to the Everyman campaign, a charity set up to research and raise awareness testicular and prostate cancer. For those who don’t know, this is a cause close to my heart, or rather my groin. The trouble is their fundraising supports research at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).
While the research at the ICR uses a wide range of different methods and techniques, they do use animal research. They argue that this is used where no alternative exists. The trouble is, I don’t agree with animal testing for anything and debate how useful it is. Just because a drug works on an ape or a mouse doesn’t mean it will on a human. As I said to my pal Lotte the other day, it is like comparing bananas and lemons. I am an acknowledged hypocrite on this subject as my family and I have benefitted from such research.
So the question is, do I stick to my guns and not support animal testing? Is maintaining my own morality, such as it is, more important than hypocrisy? Or would I actually damn myself even more by donating the money to a charity that supports activities I disagree with? Which is the lesser of two evils here?
Of course the simple solution is to donate the money to Macmillan Cancer Support instead, as I have no qualms about their activities. Or even to stop over-thinking the issue. After all, there are enough other issues in my life that need and deserve my attention, so why deliberately create another one.
Then again, why not just chicken out and ask your friends and various strangers what you should do. Aye, that’s a far better idea. . .