“…For those of you who didn’t read the book when it first came out 20 years ago, Free the Animals is written like a novel you might take to the beach or on a plane, but it’s meaty and juicy inside.
It tells the riveting, real-life story of the people who put on disguises, use fake IDs or jimmy their way into laboratories in order to carry out the daring rescues of animals used in experiments -
- and of the insiders, the whistleblowers, who risk their jobs to help them.
One of those rescues involved Britches, an infant macaque monkey who had his eyes stitched closed and some kind of electrical box put on his head in a really lame and truly bizarre experiment.
When PETA released photographs of Britches with his eyelids sewn shut it was a PR nightmare for his tormentors -
- who switched to doing more benign things – not as benign as, say, knitting -
- but at least they stopped using baby monkeys.
Which brings us to something else that’s changed since the book was first released: the widespread awareness that writing letters to your member of Congress isn’t enough -
- and that bold action is needed to get animals out of laboratories – where dogs and rabbits are treated as though they were pieces of lab equipment.
That’s something that the surprisingly normal members of the Animal Liberation Front discovered -
- and is discussed in Free the Animals…”
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