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