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Lethal Laws 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1856494985
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From Publishers Weekly

Activist Fano has strong opinions on both animal testing and environmental damage, describing herself as "outraged" that such "heinous" activities can take place in a supposedly modern society. Lethal Laws, however, concentrates on science, not emotion. By taking a rational approach, Fano hopes to "convince skeptics to think critically," while helping activists become "informed and empowered." Emphasizing the often neglected connection between animal advocacy and environmental protection, Fano rightly points out that anyone who considers themselves a lover of the environment must respect the animal life that is part of it. She gives detailed accounts of the various toxicity tests laboratory animals undergo, then sets out to show that such tests could be performed more quickly, cheaply and effectively by using newly developed in vitro methods. As the abbreviations and footnotes pile up, the book takes on the tone of a research journal written for?and read by?specialists. Fano does provide helpful guidelines on specific new technologies and includes a how-to guide for activists wanting to take on companies that rely on animal testing. But as for her goal of eradicating the "professional disagreement, bureaucratic inertia, and political maneuvering within the scientific and regulatory communities," this book won't attract the number of readers necessary to spark public outrage about current testing methods.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fano, currently coordinator for the Medical Research Modernization Committee in New York, holds a master's degree in urban and environmental policy. Her book addresses a major ethical concern for medical researchers worldwide, and her tone throughout is urgent without being strident, an especially difficult feat considering her passion for this topic. The main thrust of her argument is that animal testing is seriously flawed for use as a way to determine whether a compound or procedure is safe or effective for humans. She presents a very balanced view of the issues until her concluding chapters, which provide two scenarios to resolve the situation. (She prefers that animal testing be eliminated entirely.) This is an excellent resource for background material that avoids the mistake previous works have made by steering clear of graphic depictions of animal testing. Recommended for all animal welfare/animal rights collections.?Alicia C. Graybill, Lincoln City Libs., Neb.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856494985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856494984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In "Lethal Laws," author Alix Fano does an excellent job presenting the scientific argument against animal testing and how it affects us and the environment. It is an eye-opener filled with facts. This book is thoroughly footnoted, and often times let vivisectors contradict themselves. This is one of those books showing the opposition biting their own tongues. "Lethal Laws" is a reference guide which you can refer to from time to time. It is a great idea to read the book several times because of the need to absorb all of the information. I highly recommend this book for activists and non-activists alike. This book will be another "Silent Spring."
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