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Primate People

Saving Nonhuman Primates Through Education, Advocacy & Sanctuary
Primate People: Saving Nonhuman Primates Through Education, Advocacy & Sanctuary. Univ. of Utah. Apr. 2012. c.240p. ed. by Lisa Kemmerer. ISBN 9781607811787. $49.95. NAT HIST
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Few readers are aware that every primate species on the planet (except humans) is either on the brink of extinction or soon will be. To increase public awareness about the plight of nonhuman primates, Kemmerer (philosophy & religions, Montana State Univ.; ed., Animals and World Religions) asked more than 15 advocates—academics, undercover activists, and volunteers—to describe their work with threatened primates. From smuggling and legal trafficking to the transformation of tropical rain forest habitats into agricultural land to the horrific lives of laboratory primates, these insightful essays document the many threats facing primate populations. Particularly touching are the experiences of sanctuary volunteers who care for some of the less familiar (but no less vulnerable) primates such as gibbons and woolly monkeys.
VERDICT Collectively, these essays are an urgent call to action for humans, since it is our greed and indifference that have pushed nonhuman primates into this rapid rate of extinction. Strongly recommended for general readers interested in primate conservation and the ethical issues surrounding the human exploitation of primates.
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