SINGING FOR HELP is a music project. SINGING FOR HELP is our passion!
Our mission? We are musicians with a love of animals and are preparing an album and a concert for a good cause, both to be released in 2020.
With the proceeds from CD sales and concert revenues, we plan to financially support two types of organizations: animal welfare and cancer research.
The foundation for this project was successfully laid with the project and music video presentation on October 16, 2019 at the Neuwiesenhof Theatre in Winterthur. Since then we have been working hard on our album, with the aim of releasing another song at the end of November.
At the same time, we are in the process of identifying suitable aid organisations that we will support with the proceeds.
We now have to determine, which kind of animal welfare projects we want to support: domestic or foreign projects? Pets? Experimental animals? Endangered animal species? Improving animal husbandry?
The list is almost endless and there are countless large and small organisations that support animals. One thing we know for sure: we want to support an organisation that is committed to animal ethics and animal fairness.
We all know that cancer research is necessary. But, we would like, if possible, research without animal suffering and we want to support an organisation that does justice to this concern.
In order to make the right selection, we have been inspired by the Züricher Tierschutz and the criteria of the 3-R principle: Replace, Reduce, Refine.
icon-arrow-right Replacing: an intensive search is being conducted for a method that does not require the use of experimental animals. It is very important to remember that the alternative method must not exactly replace the animal experiment, but rather lead to the same experimental objective.
Example: In the recent years, a large number of cosmetics manufacturers have switched to testing how far a substance can penetrate skin layers by working with multilayer cell cultures.
icon-arrow-right Reducing: involves reducing the number of test animals used. In-depth clarifications are carried out in order to determine whether the research goal could also be achieved with a smaller number of animals.
Example: A cancer medication is tested on mice. Carrying out a pilot or a preliminary test can help to reduce the number of test animals required significantly. A small number of test mice are already sufficient to demonstrate the efficacy of a drug prior to its being tested in different dosages on a larger number of animals.
icon-arrow-right Refining: involves reducing the burden borne by test animals. Test procedures are refined in order to reduce animal suffering. Amongst others, thanks to the support of animal protection organizations, investigations into how legally required animal experiments could be executed in a kinder manner for the animals.
Example: After surgery, the animals are given painkillers. They are not simply left to fare on their own but are checked daily. Animals in great pain are put down.
*source text: Zürcher Tierschutz, www.zuerchertierschutz.ch
We are convinced with these criteria we will find the right partners and to provide valuable support.
Two topics, one goal: to improve the wellbeing of animals and humans.
Our contribution brings us one step closer to this goal.