Animal Underworld: Inside America's Black Market for Rare and Exotic Speciesby Alan Green
A vast and previously undisclosed underground economy exists in the United States. The products bought and sold: animals. In Animal Underworld, veteran investigative journalist Alan Green exposes the sleazy, sometimes illegal web of those who trade in rare and exotic creatures. Green and The Center for Public Integrity reveal which American zoos and/i>… See more details below
A vast and previously undisclosed underground economy exists in the United States. The products bought and sold: animals. In Animal Underworld, veteran investigative journalist Alan Green exposes the sleazy, sometimes illegal web of those who trade in rare and exotic creatures. Green and The Center for Public Integrity reveal which American zoos and amusement parks dump their "surplus" animals on the middlemen adept at secretly redirecting them into the private pet trade. We're taken to exotic-animal auctions, where the anonymous high bidders are often notorious dealers, hunting-ranch proprietors, and profit-minded charlatans masquerading as conservationists. We visit some of the nation's most prestigious universities and research laboratories, whose diseased monkeys are "laundered" through this same network of breeders and dealers until they finally reach the homes of unsuspecting pet owners. And we meet the men and women who make their living by skirting through loopholes in the law, or by ignoring the law altogether. For anyone who cares about animals; for pet owners, zoo-goers, wildlife conservationists, and animal welfare advocates, Animal Underworld is gripping, shocking reading.
The Christian Science Monitor
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Alan Green is a veteran investigative reporter who was the founding editor of AlterNet, the news service for North America's alternative news weeklies. His reporting has won awards, including the Worth Bingham Prize for his work in New Republic magazine. The Center for Public Integrity, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that examines public service and ethics-related issues. Founded in 1989, the Center has completed more than thirty investigative reports, including the 1996 "Lincoln Bedroom" story profiling fundraisers and donors who had stayed overnight in the White House.
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This book opened my eyes! I truely believed that zoos and universities had the endangered species' best interests at heart in all of their actions, but Green shows that like the rest of America, it comes down to profit. I cried as I read the description of the trade magazines the author read. Any animal can be attained for a price, or even free. ZOOS GIVE AWAY UNWANTED ANIMALS! Endangered species go to for profit 'sanctuaries', some of which allow canned hunting. Green also discusses the exotic pet trade, esp. in Texas (not a shocker) and Florida, where law enforcement doesn't seem to care. Did you know people try to keep big cats (pumas, mt. lions, etc.) for pets? how about small monkeys? It is truely disgusting. I was very upset after reading this book and Allan Green's through investigation, which included: attaining legal records, attending animal auctions, talking with zoo keepers and hunters. I realized that now, more than ever, the public needs to know about what is happening to the exotic animals living in America. We need to rally for change, and support legitimate sanctuaries. Please read this book and try to support sanctuaries and help the animals!
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