Lavender Laine, author of What’s good for the goose is not good for the panda, a rhyming story for little children, is a collage artist with a passionate opposition to vivisection. Her latest title, the non-fiction Wild Goose Chase, is not only a feast for the eyes but also choc full of information that every anti-vivisectionist should know. She has mined the brilliant Sacred Cows and Golden Geese by Ray and Jean Greek for all the text, which she has torn from its pages and pasted onto a backdrop of colourful images from many and various books and magazines. The result is a stunning visual treat designed to make the historical scientific facts easier to remember.
On the first page is the classic quote from Dr Werner Hartinger: “There are, in fact, only two categories of doctors and scientist who are not opposed to vivisection: those who don’t know enough about it, and those who make money from it.”
The acknowledgement pages follow:
And then it begins with a statement that it will go on to prove: Trying to cure human ills by experimenting on animals is a wild goose chase.
From thereon each page is full of information which was meticulously researched by the Greeks for Sacred Cows. Laine has chosen excerpts from the Greeks’ book which she feels are the most important to commit to memory. I’ve read Sacred Cows and Golden Geese several times from cover to cover and it teems with information explained in a way that is easy to make sense of for a non-scientific mind such as mine. However, there is just so much information in there that, even after reading and re-reading, I find it hard to bring the facts to mind in conversation with others and therefore am unconvincing in my arguments. That’s why Wild Goose Chase is so important. Laine has included only a fraction of the text from Sacred Cows – giving us less to memorize – but those well chosen excerpts explain clearly and concisely why vivisection is scientifically flawed and why it continues in spite of that.
It’s a kind of CliffsNotes for Sacred Cows, but much more eye-catching.
It begins with the history, showing that “True advances in medical knowledge has not come from animals.” It reveals that Nobel Prizes were awarded to the wrong people – those who ‘validated’ things in animals decades after they had been discovered by other scientists in human observations.
It explains how animal experiments have mislead scientists into thinking dangerous drugs were safe, and safe drugs were dangerous.
It explains that animal tests continue in spite of this because they provide a legal ‘safe harbor’ for the government and drug companies who can claim due diligence when things go horribly wrong.
It explains that, in the education system, original thinking is neither required nor welcomed; that editors and reviewers perpetuate the mass delusion; that money drives education and money drives research.
It explains that what is needed is a ‘voluble public outcry’ to stop this scientific fraud which is killing so many humans and animals. What is needed is for everyone to be aware of these facts so that they can no longer be deceived by the vivisectors’ PR machines.
And then it goes on to explain what we should be doing instead of animal experiments: the scandalously underfunded human-based research methods which really could make a difference. Look – there’s Elvis! ↑
Eg epidemiology, human autopsies, in vitro research, clinical observation, genetic research, computer modeling, diagnostic imaging, post-marketing drug surveillance. It’s amazing what they can do now (and Sacred Cows was written sixteen years ago so think of the even more amazing advances that must have occurred since then).
“To insist that animal experiments are necessary is ludicrous.”
“Why wait in the dark ages when the Star Trek sick bay is at hand?”
The book concludes with a call to action, inviting everyone to educate themselves and speak out against the mass delusion which is costing so many lives.
There is nothing in this book but scientific and historical facts which are easily verified by referring to the indicated pages in Sacred Cows. There are no disturbing images or descriptions of animal experiments – what would be the point? If vivisection could be stopped on grounds of cruelty to animals it would have been banned a century ago. Exposing the scientific fraud is the only way to end it. Educating ourselves is where we start. Buy this book and give it rave reviews! Enable every teenager to understand that animal experiments are not necessary and never have been; that they are actually harmful to medical progress and will not save human lives.