Before you join in with the ALS “ice bucket challenge” fundraiser, PETA has something they want you to know: Animal tests are involved in fighting ALS.

Ingrid E. Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has issued her own challenge, of sorts, to those taking the ALS Association offer. Instead of supporting the group founded to fight neurodegenerative disease, Newkirk suggested that people save one of the types of animals used in drug testing.

PETA said: “Ingrid was recently tagged in Russell Simmons' video in which he calls out the ALS Association for funding archaic and painful tests on animals — some 400 animals are used per month by its own count. Because PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to experiment on’ — agrees with Russell, Ingrid put together a short video response featuring an adorable guinea pig named Gypsy with tips for helping Gypsy's friends.”

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