Cancer Research in gene boost

Cancer Research UK topped May's NGO Watch with 295 mentions after identifying four genes that incĀ­reased the risk of breast cancer.

It was reported that the charity’s findings would help doctors diagnose and treat breast cancer more quickly. Professor Douglas Easton of Cancer Research said the results would ‘open the door to new research directions’.

The RSPCA came in second, securing column inches for its criticism of performance artist Mark McGowan, who reportedly cooked and ate a Welsh Corgi on a London ­radio programme.

McGowan was protesting against Prince Philip’s ­reported torture of a fox during a hunt and wan­ted to highlight ‘the RSPCA’s ­inability to prosecute Prince Philip and his friends’. The RSPCA responded that it had conducted an investigation but had found that no mistreatment of a fox had taken place.

Friends of the Earth remained in third place, having announced its support for third sector minister Ed Miliband’s ‘save-as-you-throw’ scheme, which offers financial incentives for residents who recycle.

Amnesty International rose three places to sixth, after it argued that the UN should implement internationally recognised legislation that holds businesses accountable for their impact on human rights.

Amnesty’s secretary general Irene Kahn claimed that the inc­reased demand for urban development, mining and tourism projects is displacing people from local communities without offering any kind of compensation. He argued: ‘People power will change the face of human rights in the 21st century.’

Greenpeace was back in the top ten after being edged out in March. It had gained publicity after releasing images that showed glaciers on Mount Everest were retracting. A team from the organisation went to Everest and declared that there had been a 17 per cent reduction in the past 30 years. It warned that the erosion was a direct result of climate change and that the glaciers could be completely gone by the end of the century.

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