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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Primates – 3 July 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

“It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain.”

This quotation from Dr. Judith Herman’s book Trauma and Recovery is found in the article “Monkey Business” (May/June issue of The Animals Voice Magazine).

If you haven’t read this article, please do so; and also visit, the website of the International Primate Protection League. This excellent article is co-authored by Dr. Shirley McGreal, IPPL founder and executive director and Dr. Debra Durham, an ethologist and primatologist who is co-founder of the International Association for Animal Trauma and Recovery;

Here are just a couple of facts from the article: total primates imported in 2006: 26,638; largest supplier of primates: China, 13,456; largest importer of primates for 2006: Covance. (Data from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The suffering, both physical and psychological, of these intelligent, social animals is extreme – a living hell. To learn what you can do to help bring an end to this evil global trade and the animal experimentation that drives it, see also this website of Stop Animal Exploitation Now! – 

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