According to J. Peter Hernance, the United States Department of Agriculture mistreats bees and crickets. Specifically, the USDA developed a technique for attaching microscopic barcodes to the hairs of bees so that they could be monitored during experiments, thereby, in Hernance’s words, ‘virtually making them our slaves’. Hernance is also outraged that the USDA has experimented with a one-celled microbe that kills Mormon crickets, which destroy crops. Even though the microbe would obviate the need for many pesticides, he feels that the crickets should be ‘left alone’. Hernance denounced these practices in the July 1990 Animal Rights Information and Education Service Newsletter, of which he is the editor/compiler. He is not alone in his concern for species that normally elude human sympathy. Other American animal rights groups protest the mistreatment of rattlesnakes, bats, even northern California banana slugs, which are slimy and yellow and up to ten inches long. Although the animal rights movement remains primarily concerned with furry, cute mammals, pioneers have extended attention to virtually all species.
KeywordsTransportation Expense Microbe Hunt Defend
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