- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: Vegan Publishers (March 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940184231
- ISBN-13: 978-1940184234
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
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They All Had Eyes: Confessions of a Vivisectionist Paperback – March 15, 2016
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"Michael Slusher is a brave man. It takes extraordinary character to come to terms with the horror of his previous life, in which he intentionally inflicted the most horrific pain and suffering on others daily, as part of his respected work as a vivisectionist. It takes exceptional courage to acknowledge and confront his actions, and then share them with the world where he would in all probability be vilified by colleagues, both strangers and friends, as well as the animal lovers of the world who abhor the exploitation of all animals and live accordingly.
Michael Slusher is also an incredible writer, bringing home the seemingly ordinariness of the work, which is in fact the stuff of nightmares and horror films. At the same time there is a real sense of humanity and his own pain and regret is palpable. This book is essential reading for everyone who has questions about how we live our lives and how we can progress. This is a well written, riveting page turner with hope and light in these pages too."
- Toni Brockhoven, National Chairperson Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa
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"SAEN can mine and interpret facts, figures, and violations, but this does not give a complete picture of what truly happens to animals in labs or how it affects those involved. Look through Slusher's eyes into the realities of animal experimentation."
- Michael & Karen Budkie, Co-founders, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)
"Storytelling can inspire action and Slusher's story is a powerful new account of the senseless waste and abuse that we're all forced to pay for - whether we like it or not. Having witnessed and participated in such animal experiments, I encourage everyone to read Slusher's story and to join the fight."
- Anthony Bellotti, Founder/National Campaign Manager, White Coat Waste Movement
"Riveting reading. A true insider's view into a closed and chilling world. Slusher reminded me of Roger Ulrich, who, after years of receiving honors for his experiments on animals, one day faced the fact that he was being cruel and dishonest, and walked away."
- Ingrid Newkirk, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
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Thank you so much for writing this book. i know this had to be extremely hard and the backlash excruciating.... however if this book wasn't written- there would be no backlash which would be helping the industry with yet more invisibility. it took a lot of courage and i absolutely applaud what you did. sometimes our hardest, yet most enlightening lessons come from the most horrendous places. i know i would have never learned about anything in this book without reading your experience because i wouldn't have ever exposed myself directly to it... exactly the same way most people never slaughter their own animals for food and even find the idea repulsive. im thankful for this book. very well written and engaging. i found it hard to put down. i will highly recommend this book for the rest of my life, if it ever comes up in discussion or debate. thank you again for another life-changing read.
Slusher also brilliantly describes how he came to feel so desensitized toward the animals he was tortured. That may anger readers, but I feel like it may be the most important part of this work. I'm sure most lab workers - or slaughterhouse employees, or anything of the sort - consider themselves to be animal lovers like Slusher did at the time. I'm sure that they believe they're doing a necessary evil, or that these animals can't miss a life of freedom they never knew. It's important to understand why people in such positions feel this way so that we can learn how to combat it.
I recommend this book to everyone. I know that it's painful and upsetting, but sometimes we have to open our eyes to unpleasant realities in order to make a difference.
I really admire Mchael Slusher for getting out of that profession and writing this book. I hope my friends will read the book and see things through different perspective.
Equally impressive was his transformation, and his heartfelt articulation of the remorse he feels and shares with his readers. It is so impressive how he does not hide from what he did, but uses it to educate and change others, and this horrific industry. His insights into that industry, and the absurdity of it, seen from the inside, are so critically important to relate and expose. He does a near perfect job of that. And his final chapter, "Reformation", really brings it all home. His sincerity throughout, and then his humble reflections, and his story of transformation in the end, makes the rest of the book irrefutably convincing. And genuine. Buy this book, if for no other reason than to help Michael in his quest to open eyes to the truth of this horrific industry.