It is a vital look into the world of biomedical research and the chimpanzees who suffer, rather pointlessly, simply because they are so much like us. Andrew Westoll gives the reader an amazing and heartbreaking look into the lives of retired biomedical research chimpanzees living out the rest of their days at Fauna Sanctuary. Above all else though, this book is about the chimpanzees themselves. There are dogs, horses, swans, a donkey, and of course the chimpanzees. The practice has been banned or strictly limited by the European Union, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. You bet your front teeth it can! Westoll, who has a background in primate anthropology I use those words on purpose , spent a summer as a volunteer at Fauna Sanctuary - the only Canadian accredited chimp sanctuary. It's the story about a sanctuary that housed 13 chimpanzees who have been damaged by lab research, or abandoned by zoos or the circus.
The world needs more people like Andrew Westoll, to tell the stories of lab chimps. The world needs more people to speak up for those animals who can't vocalize their needs. The author Andrew Westoll, hoping to gain more knowledge about how the chimps transitioned from the research labs, and often cruel experimentation, to life A true story, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, serves as permanent retirement home for chimps which were used in biomedical research and experimentation. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Like the title mentions, this book is about resilience. Seemingly simple things like grooming, establishing friendships and alliances, and playing games with the garden hose are all poignant testament to the capacity of these animals to heal. But she is first and foremost creating a refuge for her troubled charges, a place where they can recover and begin to trust humans again.
But in this book, he worked as a volunteer for a year in a Canadian sanctuary for chimpanzees who had been rescued and released from Medical research laboratories private and government in the United States. Fortunately, he has the time and patience to study each individual and learn to connect. Their work is physically, emotionally and philosophically challenging, as the staff constantly examines how to provide freedom and choices to chimpanzees that could not survive in the wild. Westoll effectively breaks out of the strident and unhelpful one-sided from both animal activists and the scientific community diatribes about the use of animals in medical research and brings calmer language to a social debate which is among the most significant and paradigm-shifting now underway in society: is it ethical to subject animals to experiments in ways that damage or kill them so as to advance medicine? For those who have read Jane Goodall's books about the plight of the dwindling population of wild chimpanzees, here is an important consideration of their captive counterparts. This book is equal parts heartbreaking, and hopeful - and completely fascinating. My reply usually disappoints them: Unless they are going to commit to at least several months in Indonesia, and a lifetime to fundraising and public education, then they will be a tourist, not a volunteer.
Along the way, he describes the tragedy that each of those 13 chimps went through and how their road to recovery was never going to be fully complete and satisfying. Honestly, this book was a wonderful, informational, heartfelt story of 13 chimps that were retired to a sanctuary in Canada. Chimps of Fauna sanctuary was. If there is a choice of file format, which format is better to download? We learn details about the daily life and needs of chimps they like tea and smoothies, and smell very bad , about their human This is an excellent book and I recommend it. I was so excited I danced around my room, hugging the book to my chest.
Please learn about the Great Ape Protection Act, and try to end animal testing on apes. Some of them started life as pets, cute little chimps to dress up and play with, until they grew too big and strong and dangerous. Attempts are being made to pass legislation banning the practice. It cannot be called unbiased. Primatologist turned journalist Andrew Westoll spends 10 weeks working at the Fauna Sanctuary, located in Quebec. And yet I had absolutely no idea that a chimps have been so widely used in medical research, and b that a handful of these martyrs live less than 500 km away from me. Next time my boyfriend came for a visit, he brought with him my copy of the book as a surprise.
Apparently studies using primates have determined that primates are sufficiently different from humans as not to be of great use in providing useful information for medical use. I cannot stop thinking about each and everyone of them. An interesting look into Canada's only as far as I know chimpanzee sanctuary. They each had a very unique personality and some of the stories were very emotional. Before becoming a writer, Andrew trained as a primatologist in the South American rainforest, where he studied wild troops of capuchin monkeys. A way to put my foot further in the door. Thirteen chimpanzees, rescued from zoos and medical testing laboratories, now call Fauna Sanctuary home.
How the information is presented, however, can be confusing and sketchy at some times - Andrew Westoll, it seems, needs to work on his journaling. The chimps experienced traumatic conditions, including hundreds of anaesthetizations and operations without pain medication because it might corrupt research results. Not because it's written poorly, but because the subject matter is hard to face. I'm raising three kids who have never tasted meat. You'll never look at medical research the same way again. You bet your front teeth it can! I admire Gloria Grow and all of her staff for doing everything in their power to give the chimpanzees the power to make choices and to live out their lives at the Fauna Sanctuary. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format.
Once again we lag behind other Western nations who long ago restricted the use of primates for research. This is the barest skeleton of the riveting story told by Andrew Westoll. Westroll volunteered to work for the sanctuary's founder, Gloria Grow for several months. This book is hard to review because it is a necessary story, a hard story and a story that shows how ruddy right shitty human beings can be; the hard part comes from not wanting to be a hard-ass on author Westoll for some less than stellar passages and other cliché moments of self-inspection. Can living in a tiny cage your whole life, and being subjected to several surgical procedures a month really affect an animal who's never known any other way? It is also the story of humans who were driven to provide them with refuge, retirement.