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The Scalpel and the Butterfly:The War Between Animal Research and Animal Protection

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An engrossing and eloquent study of the history and ethics of animal experimentation

The heart of a pig may soon beat in a human chest. Sheep, cattle, and mice have been cloned. Slowly but inexorably scientists are learning how to transfer tissues, organs, and DNA between species. Some think this research is moving too far, too fast, without adequate discussion of possible
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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I make no pretense of being impartial, unbiased or even objective; I am an abolitionist who holds that animals have the right not to be used as instruments for human ends, in any case whatever. My reading of this book, therefore, is shaped by that position. As it was, I was conflicted. Rudacille recounts the earliest days of the animal rights movement in succinct, though hardly original fashion, and touches on the major movements, past and present, that played any sort of role in the issue of vi ...more
Uneven mix of: (a) sporadically interesting content about animal welfare, animal research, and science history (e.g., internal politics of the early years of PETA, eventual conclusion that polio epidemic arose from excessive hygiene in modern America, such that kids no longer got it in infancy [when for reasons I couldn't grasp you don't get paralyzed by it:] and built up immunity)and

(b) ponderous, boring writing. Obviously a matter of taste and hard to justify, but I guess the best way I can de
A very good overview of the history of anti-vivisection that I would recommend, but again some viewpoints are one-sided and not fully explained.
Some parts I had trouble seeing how it related to animal rights/experimentation. I liked that it gave both sides of teh argument though. I've read better.
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