As the issues and passions related to animal rights wage on internationally, the reality of trade and business related to the buying and selling of animals for scientific research continues unabated and mostly unaffected by any and all protests to the contrary. Like it or not, the raising and marketing of various types of animals for scientific research around the globe is a thriving business, providing large profits for international corporations and livelihoods for peoples of diverse cultures.
Understandably, there are people and organizations, who, for their own vested interests, don’t want this book written. And yet, while it is no particular indictment of these people for what they do for a living, the book’s purpose is to tell the story in a fictitious presentation of how common, every day people, along with profit-driven individuals and companies, are involved in this ongoing, little-known (at least to the general public) commercial trade that fuels the fires of scientific research around the world—the buying and selling of our biological “cousins,” the primates.
However, this book in no way intends to sway the reader in one direction or another in regard to the ongoing animal rights debate and the literal global battlefield that has developed as a result. Protection of any life form, be it human or animal, involves sensitive issues, and in the case of the animal rights cause, it has now escalated to a volatile level that affects the lives, livelihoods and life works of many individuals and institutions all over world. This book aims only to cast a small, but distinct light on both sides of this issue in hopes that the reader will become more aware of the dynamics of this subject, while posing the question, “Is it actually possible for animals to have legal rights, or is it rather a matter of human beings having a social responsibility toward other creatures within the framework of a legalistic society and, if so, at what cost to the future of mankind?”
While the material in this book is based on the author’s personal experiences, the story and the characters are fictitious.