Humane giving on rise

More and more Americans are directing their charitable contributions to health charities with policies against funding animal experiments, a new study says.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, located in Washington, D.C., released “Trends in Humane Giving,” a survey updating studies conducted in 1996 and 2001.

Support for such health charities has grown 20 percent since 2001 and 31 percent since 1996, the study says, and two in three people say they are more likely to support such groups than those that conduct animal experiments.

Seven in 10 people surveyed say it is important that their health donations be used for research that does not involve animals, and support of such groups by older Americans is growing, the study says.

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