SAENís Executive Director finishing Emotional & Moving Book
Michael Budkie will complete his book in time for the AR2009
conference. Our next newsletter will detail how you can get your own
copy. In the meantime, hereís a sneak peek:
In the roughly 20 years that I've been an animal activist I have
worked almost exclusively on the animal experimentation issue. I've read
tens of thousands of pages of inspection reports, research protocols,
and health care records for dogs, cats, goats, and primates. After
awhile you start to look at things not in terms of the pain and
suffering, or the insanity of the experimentation, but for the quality
of the information. Dealing with all of this suffering, greed, and death
tends to rob you of your emotions. You start to keep a distance,
speaking in terms of press coverage, and reaching people with the truth.
You separate yourself from the pain - the pain of the animals - and your
own. You start to function almost like the staff of animal laboratories.
If you think in terms of the individual lives lost it will be far too
Then it happens. Something grabs you and won't let go. It might be a
picture, it might be a specific animal, or it might even be a phrase. .
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