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Stop funding the March of Dimes!

The only way things will ever change is if we boycott the sponsors who fund them and persuade them to pull their funding from the March of Dimes. Once March of Dimes realizes they will continue to lose millions until they clean up their act by ending once and for all horrific, antiquated, wasteful, pointless experiments on animals and stop squandoring & mismanaging their funds, they will have no choice but to change their ways or go out of business.

Although the March of Dimes has raised and spent billions of dollars and killed enormous numbers of animals, birth defects are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that most types of birth defects rose substantially from 1970 to 1991 and the rate of maternal mortality has not improved since the 1980’s.

The March of Dimes has also come under fire for showering its executives with hefty salaries. March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse received $464,459 in compensation in 2001. Vice President for Research and Grants Michael Katz received $280,859, and Executive Vice President Jane Massey received $321,052.

Further, MOD President went from 627K in 2008 to 641K in 2009 in overall compensation SVP of Government Affairs went from 261K to 270K CIO went from 245K to 254K CMO went from 302K to 315K How is that leadership?

The Red Cross and American Cancer Society's CEO's make 0.01 and 0.06 % of expenses' worth of salary. (There is even a deputy CEO that is paid 0.09%) So even though they make half a million dollars or more, it's not 24% of overall expenses (even all three combined!). It's apples and oranges. Because the overal revenues are so much higher for those charities, it's not highway robbery in those instances. At the March of Dimes, it is shameful. Especially given the performance of the charity.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that at least some March of Dimes administrators do not have a good grasp of research priorities.

The March of Dimes has funded such experiments as “sewing shut the eyelids of newborn kittens; injecting pregnant animals with cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol; tethering pregnant monkeys to cages with monitoring cables running through the mothers’ uteruses and into their fetuses’ bodies; and deliberately injuring the lungs of newborn lambs. Not only are these experiments cruel but they have also failed to lead to advances in preventing or understanding birth defects.”

Every dollar wasted on useless animal experiments is a dollar not spent on programs that work. ... What would happen if they were to spend that money on nonanimal research and programs? Reliance on faulty animal tests puts human health in jeopardy and causes needless pain and suffering for animals.

There is also an urgent need to improve prenatal care in this country. Every year 1.2 million women receive insufficient prenatal care, yet up to 25 percent of all infant deaths could be prevented if this care were given to all mothers. About 12 percent of all pregnant women smoke throughout their pregnancies. If smoking during pregnancy were eliminated, infant deaths would decrease by up to 10 percent. Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and mental retardation.

Instead of giving alcohol to rats, we need to educate mothers and offer help to those with a problem. Additionally, teenage pregnancies, drug abuse, and AIDS remain major threats to unborn children. We need to devote as many resources as we can to preventive measures such as prenatal care, addiction treatment, and counseling. When the March of Dimes gives money to experiment on animals, babies suffer too.

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