AWI Quarterly » 2000 Fall

When you think of Ruth Harrison, who died at age 79 on June 13 at her London home, your immediate thought would be of her long crusade against factory farming. But you could also think of Henry Salt, Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, Rachel Carson and Richard Ryder—movers and shakers, all.
Biomedical and psychological testing conducted with monkeys is often tainted by unresolved ethical questions. Although animal advocates tend to focus their concerns on cruel experimental procedures, the resultant suffering from a particular test is usually of a relatively short duration. The sum total of suffering inflicted is much more pervasive when one examines the monkeys' housing conditions prior to the experiment—conditions which may cause continuous suffering lasting for years on end.