Five-Part Series on Animal Experiments

Saturday, 6 June 2009

All this week, Slate has been running a five-part series on animal experiments. The series starts out by telling the story of a dog named Pepper who was stolen in 1965 and who "changed American science." As the author, Daniel Engber, points out, the fall-out from Pepper's story led to the 1966 passage of the Animal Welfare Act—the first federal law protecting animals in laboratories.
In today's installment, Engber describes the time he spent as a grad student working on a macaque named Clayton in a university laboratory. He describes how he returned to the lab years later to find that, while his life has moved on—and out of the laboratory—Clayton is still imprisoned, his whole world limited to just two rooms:

PART I – Where's Pepper?
In the summer of 1965, a female Dalmatian was stolen from a farm in Pennsylvania. Her story changed America.

PART II – Man Cuts Dog
Pepper arrives at a laboratory in the Bronx.

PART III – Pepper Goes to Washington
The most important animal-welfare law in America began with a stolen dog.
Pepper arrives at a laboratory in the Bronx.

PART IV – Brown Dogs and Red Herrings
Or, why we no longer experiment much on dogs.

PART V – Me and My Monkey
The confessions of a reluctant vivisector.


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