, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 379-381
Date: 11 Nov 2011

An Odyssey With Animals: A Veterinarian’s Reflections on the Animal Rights and Welfare Debate

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In an era when the moral status and use of animals in laboratories is a matter of political, social, and scientific concern, animal experimenters have been exhorted to engage their opponents in open debate if they are to shape public perceptions used to evaluate science, mobilize public sentiment in favor of animal research, and influence public policy direction. Part memoir, part history, and part polemic, An Odyssey With Animals offers a gritty defense of animal experimentation (and much else) based upon a direct critique of the animal rights and animal liberation “movement.”

Adrian Morrison, professor emeritus of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Science and a recognized authority in sleep research, begins his book with an autobiographical sketch that includes his experience at the receiving end of direct action by animal rights activists. It is here the reader gets a first sense of what is to follow. Morrison expresses not for the last ...