Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Many musicians and celebrities have participated, helping to spread awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease as well as donating money to research. The challenge is to dump ice water over your head and then nominate friends to do the same. Grimes was recently nominated by DJ Richie Hawtin, but because of the ALS Association’s history of animal testing, she has declined.
On her Tumblr blog, she wrote:
Richie is probably the nicest and coolest person I’ve ever met so I can’t really refuse him. 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.
She nominated Blood Diamonds, Detroit Madness, and Hana Pestle. She’s not the first person to decline the challenge because of this reason, as Pamela Anderson has also refused because of animal testing.