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Pamela Anderson Chickens Out Of Ice Bucket Challenge

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By Pooja Bhagat | August 23, 2014 1:21 PM EST

While every Tom, Dick and Harry is busy getting soaked up in ice to contribute to its noble cause, Pamela Anderson chickens out of this challenge.

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Pamela Anderson refused ice bucket challenge on the grounds of animals used for testing.

Even well-known ice-cold personalities are dumping freezing water on their head. Some of the big names associated with this cause are Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan and even George Bush.

The phenomenon, which immediately went viral, has taken the virtual world by storm. The ice bucket challenge started as a support and fund raising activity for ALS. It is a neurological disease also known as Motor Neuron Disease (MND). This illness is a highly fatal condition, in which the nerve cells controlling the human body gradually start getting weak and eventually waste away. The average life expectancy once the disease is diagnosed is 27 months only.

On top of that, there is currently no cure for this deadly disease. Scientists and researchers are struggling every day to find some breakthrough to save patients dying a slow and untimely death. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a widely recognized unique campaign employed to raise research funds for the disease.

The challenge is to either donate for the fruitful cause or pour icy water on self and drop a name to pass on the challenge. Celebrities soon found a fun element associated to the activity. In addition to contributing huge donations, these famous personalities also started pouring cold water just for fun's sake.

However, someone is definitely not amused by this campaign strategy. When the challenge was given to Pamela Anderson, she refused it out rightly by saying that it is against animal rights. According to the 47-year-old model and actress turned activist, the research for ALS involves extreme experiments on animals without any outcome other than their suffering.

"[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." Anderson, an avid animal rights activist, said. "Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected."

Inevitably, animals are used and even sacrificed at some stage in medical research, but that is how scientists work to find solutions to mankind's problems. These experiments will soon provide a hopefully remarkable breakthrough with regard the best as solution for this fatal disease.

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Pamela Anderson refused ice bucket challenge on the grounds of animals used for testing.
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