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Monkey Business: The Disturbing Case That Launched the Animal Rights Movement (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Hardcover – September, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-1882605040 ISBN-10: 1882605047

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Product Details

  • Series: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Natl Pr Books (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882605047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882605040
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Guillermo, lifestyles director for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells how PETA cofounder Alan Pacheco shocked the nation into awareness of animal abuse in the realm of science. In 1981, seeking firsthand knowledge of live-animal experiments, Pacheco applied for a summer job at the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Springs, Md., where work funded by the National Institute of Health was being carried out. Accepted as a volunteer, he found 17 monkeys in small wire cages in the unventilated, filthy lab where he was assigned. Twelve animals were disabled by severed nerves; five were control subjects. Pacheco went to the lab at night and took photos. He brought in scientists and veterinarians to see the monkeys; then he called the state police. The case of the Silver Springs monkeys resulted in the first reduction of federal funding for government-supported research because of animal abuse; it was the first laboratory animal case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Photos. $75,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is considered the foremost animal rights proponent in the U.S., a reputation first won in the early 1980s when cofounders Alex Pacheco and Ingrid Newkirk initiated an elaborately researched and documented legal challenge to the Institute of Behavioral Research, charging it with animal neglect and abuse. Monkey Business, written by the lifestyles director of PETA, is the unquestionably biased but compelling tale of the people and events that brought about this landmark case, projected it into the media, and, in doing so, filled a newly discovered void in the American conscience. Although this book is bound to anger, disgust, and move the reader, its effectiveness occasionally suffers from its overly emotional appeal. Recommended for all animal rights and ethics collections. Angus Trimnell

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book while in juvenile detention waiting to be placed in a foster home. It was given to me by a vegan employee. I wasn't going anywhere so I though "why not?" I was vegetarian at the time (for health reasons only), but knew and cared nothing about animal rights. Reading this book compelled me to be otherwise. Additionally, for those of you who think that PETA is just a bunch of hippie wackos - read this. This book is also about the founding of PETA and you will soon find out they are nothing more than people who love animals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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No matter where you stand on the issue of animal rights, this book will give you a better understanding of the animal rights movement, and the case which launched the founding of PETA. It is very well written, describing in great detail the story of the Silver Spring monkey abuse case, in which an NIH-funded researcher, Edward Taub, was convicted of animal abuse for neglecting and abusing his research subjects. It is essential reading for animal lovers and anyone who is interested in animal rights and/or animal welfare. I found it easy to read, educational, and yet, disturbing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bogle on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Monkey Business blows Debra Blum's Monkey Wars out of the water. Where Blum tries to appear unbiased by giving equal space to activists and vivisectors, Guillermo demonstrates that NIH and its vivisectors are scum by recounting the details of their repeated lies to Congress and their sordid back-room plots to keep a few tortured monkeys from ever seeing the sky or smelling fresh air.

No one who reads her account can have any doubt that the NIH should be gutted and massively reformed, or sadly, that Congress is incapable of doing so.

If you want to hold on to some illusion that our government will ever act openly, with honesty, or cares one whit about curing human disease or the humane treatment of animals, don't read this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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No matter where you stand on the issue of animal rights, this book will give you a better understanding of the animal rights movement, and the case which launched the founding of PETA. It is very well written, describing in great detail the story of the Silver Spring monkey abuse case, in which an NIH-funded researcher, Edward Taub, was convicted of animal abuse for neglecting and abusing his research subjects. It is essential reading for animal lovers and anyone who is interested in animal rights and/or animal welfare. I found it easy to read, educational, and yet, disturbing. Other suggested reading is Next of Kin by Roger Fouts.
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The Animal Rights Movement is now the major social progressive movement in the country. Among the leaders of this movement is PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) One of the major institutions of animal abuse is the (non-)scientific technique called vivisection. This involves experimenting on live animals in laboratories with experiments that are often horribly painful and cause as good deal of suffering. Often, at the end of the experiment the animals are killed, often by having their heads cut off. Animals used include monkeys, cats, dogs, mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, squirrels, and many, many other species. Until recently, and to some extent still, chimpanzees are used. Many medical people, including myself, believe that vivisection is nothing more than animal torture, and as a scientific method is useless because it cannot predict any given finding in humans. The modern antivivisection movement began in 1980 with the Silver Spring Monkey case, which involved a group of monkeys kept in horrendous condition in a laboratory in Maryland. The two individuals who broke the case were Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, the founders of PETA. This book is the complete and detailed story of the case, written by Kathy Guillermo, who has been with PETA for many years. It shows how the animal experimentation fraternity, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), went to great lengths and did whatever possible to distort the facts of the case, conceal the gruesome details, and cover vivisection with a silver mantle. The lies, distortions, and cruelty of the vivisection fraternity are revealed.Read more ›
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