Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin's nom, announcing that she'd be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.
"Richie is probably the nicest and coolest person I’ve ever met so i can’t really refuse him," she wrote on Tumblr. "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."
The Malala Fund was set up by Malala Yousafzai and aims to empower girls and women through education. Grimes later posted a screencap of the confirmation page for her donation.
You can watch Richie Hawtin nominate Grimes below:
Everyone from Jean Paul Gaultier to Victoria Beckham has gotten in on the ice bucket challenge, which aims to raise money for the ALS Association, a foundation that researches the neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons in the brain. But the charity organisation also uses animals as laboratory subjects and has come under fire from animal rights activists, including Pamela Anderson.
Anderson wrote in a Facebook post explaining why she turned down her nomination: "(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. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected."
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