The Monkey Wars

The Monkey Wars

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The controversy over the use of primates in research continues. We have all benefited from the medical discoveries, yet we have also learned more in recent years about the real intelligence of apes and monkeys, and animal rights activists have uncovered widespread cases of animal cruelty by researchers. This study examines the often caustic debate over the use of primates in scientific research. The author interviews researchers forced to conduct their work behind barbed wire and alarm systems; and animal rights activists in groups ranging from the moderate AWI Institute to the highly radical ALF. Also studied are some of the remarkable chimpanzees on which this bitter feud centres.show more

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  • Hardback | 317 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195094123
  • 9780195094121

About Deborah Blum

About the Author: Deborah Blum won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for a series of articles that have inspired this book.show more

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In The Monkey Wars, Deborah Blum offers a wide-ranging, informative look at animal activists, now numbering some twelve million, from the moderate Animal Welfare Institute to the highly radical Animal Liberation Front (a group destructive enough to be placed on the FBI's terrorist list). And she interviews a wide variety of researchers, many forced to conduct their work protected by barbed wire and alarm systems, men and women for whom death threats and hate mail are common. She takes us to Roger Fouts's research center in Ellensburg, Washington, where we meet five chimpanzees trained in human sign language - Loulis, Tatu, Mojha, Dar, and the most famous, Washoe - and watch the flicker of their fingers as they talk to each other, to themselves, and to stuffed animals (which Fouts sees as a clear sign of intelligence and even more - imagination). Blum introduces us to Alex Pacheco, a founder of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, and to his bitter enemy, Peter Gerone, head of the federal primate center at Tulane and an outspoken critic of animal rights activists, who wants people to think about the trade-off at its most fundamental level - human life versus animal life. And we visit LEMSIP, a research facility in New York State that has no barbed wire, no alarms - and no protesters chanting outside - because its director, Jan Moor-Jankowski, listens to activists with respect. Along the way, Blum offers us insights into the many side-issues involved: scientists (like Roger Fouts) who lose funding because they support animal rights, the intense battle to win over school kids fought by both sides, the danger of transplanting animal organs into humans (it could possibly unleash adeadly, highly infectious disease), and the concerns over dwindling monkey populations.show more

Table of contents

1: The Outsider. 2: Of Street Thoughs and Target Practice. 3: The Black Box. 4: The Trap. 5: The Face of Evil. 6: The Peg-leg Pig. 7: Hear No Evil. 8: The Salt in the Soup. 9: Not a Nice Death. 10: Just Another Jerk Scientist. 11: The Last Mangabeys. 12: One Nation. 13: Notes. 14: Indexshow more

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