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December 30, 2009


December 30, 2009

I am a professor of philosophy who teaches courses in bioethics, including animal ethics. My daughter first discovered the PRC in 2000 while doing research in her first year of college. She was so impressed with the clean and inviting atmosphere for the animals and the efficient, vigilant staff, that she began to volunteer and worked there during summers. She is now a PhD in comparative psychology whose research has been featured in the New York Times, but she often says that she learned animal care and so much more from working at the PRC with April Truitt and her team. Largely because glowing reports of my daughter and discussions with April, I enthusiastically agreed to become a Board Member in 2002 and have enjoyed working in this capacity ever since. I have learned so much about primates by helping the PRC thrive; I've written better and taught better thanks to open discussions with April and the staff as well as engagement in the complex issues of running a sanctuary. As an academic, I come with all the prejudices most of us have, including a wary attitude toward people who claim to know a lot about animals. April has made herself an expert who can to toe-to-to with anybody in the primate community. To take just one example, she helped craft Kentucky's state-of-the-art exotic animal law. I've not often seen the rhetorical dash and cold logic that she displayed when arguing before the state legislature. I'll end by saying how grateful I have been to the PRC for the opportunity to work with such a strong organization. It gets 5 stars from me!

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articulate, energetic, and clearly committed to their tasks, however small their contribution.

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...enable you to start a "Pennies 4 Primates" drive at your local school or organization, or you could bake enrichment treats from our Primate Cookbook, and then write a letter to the editor decrying the use and abuse of exotic animals as "pets." Volunteer