- Paperback: 379 pages
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Printing Thus edition (May 4, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820322067
- ISBN-13: 978-0820322063
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People Paperback – May 4, 2000
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""Visions of Caliban" is beautifully written, easily read, and ethically challenging--it just might become primatology's "Silent Spring"."--"Nature"
"Riveting and illuminating, this is an important book."--"Booklist"
"After reading this book, even a person who laughs at chimpanzees in costume, or believes that chimps should be used to test vaccines for AIDS, must acknowledge that there is something very wrong here."--"New York Newsday"
"["Visions of Caliban" is] compelling, important. . . . in this book science and grace intersect."--"Washington Post"
"A well-argued case for greater care and conservation [of chimpanzees]."--"New Yorker"
"A powerful indictment of human cruelty; a convincing plea for animal rights--and altogether superior to the run-of-the-mill nature books crowding the market."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Heartrending . . . a gripping account of an extremely important subject."--"Library Journal"
"A study of the relationship between humans and chimps [that] asks, which is 'most brutish'?"--"New York Times Book Review"
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Peterson and Goodall have taken the productive path: honesty without invective or confrontation. This has allowed Jane Goodall to accomplish small but significant changes, but they are far too small and far too trivial. It would be nice if Dr. Robert Gallo would agree to be locked into a 5x5x7 cage, with a grate at the bottom so he would not find himself smeared with all his feces, but nothing to protect him from the blowflies his stench would draw. Welcome to medical research, Bobbo.
Human beings have a history of declaring those it would exploit to be "lesser creations": Jews, Negros, Indians, Gypsies, the harmless primates we have nearly exterminated. When the "lesser creations" are human, they can speak out to protest, and they are heard. Someone else must speak for the chimpanzees mutilated in research labs, the orangutans brutalized to entertain Las Vegas drunks, the gorillas slaughtered so their children can be confined in zoos.
The next time you see *The Tempest,* imagine Caliban turning on Prospero, with his complacent human superiority, and speaking the extraordinary and powerful words of Shylock: "Hath not a beast eyes? Pricked do we not bleed?" Animals are bleeding to make your mascara safe. Read this book, look long at the orphaned chimp huddled in one of the photos, and then look in the mirror.