The Civil Abolitionist
Winter 2003-2004 v.14 no. 3
First SARS, now avian influenza
ON THE DRUG SCENE
Drug company suppresses unfavorable findings
Popular statin drugs implicated in memory loss
Drugs found in recycled drinking water and wild fish
Vulture deaths in India attributed to Diclofenac/Voltaren
Hormone therapy found to increase Alzheimer's risk
Another crime by Monsanto by Robert Cohen
RESEARCH WITHOUT ANIMALS
"Back to sleep"
Swedish study determines fats and fiber affect incidence of
post-menopausal breast cancer
The hygiene hypothesis
(Space on this page in this issue was devoted to European campaign for
responsible toxicity testing.)
Beside the Hemlock Garden on Lives and Rights by James Strecker
Mosaic Press $16 Canada / $12.50 U.S.
This volume consists of over 70 poems selected from some of the author's 20 previously published books, disturbing poems meant to shock the reader into awareness of the contrast between comfortable common perceptions and stark reality.
The poems are wide-ranging, some having been written in Europe and Africa. A couple are in French. They expose the dark currents underlying illness, feminism, music and art as simply typified in the brief "Epiphany"
"On a bird-watching
tour to Point Pelee.
a complimentary lunch:
Sue Coe's cover painting sets the scene well. She depicts a group of animals huddled together as in a "peaceable kingdom" scene, but the kingdom they share is anything but peaceable. They are surrounded by dead tree stumps with buildings burning in the background. Yet, in the middle of their circle, a flower has reached up through a crack in the rocks, a symbol of hope that the destruction can be overcome.
The last poem, which lends its title to the book is about the prolonged suffering of Asian moon bears virtually immobilized in cages with catheters draining bile from their gall bladders to be used for human folk medicine. Their plight is so painful that some try to kill themselves to escape the torment.
Yet, like the flower growing from the rock, the Chinese government is now working with organizations to rescue and rehabilitate the bears, and compensate their "farmers". It has closed down 38 farms and has pledged to close the remaining 200 odd before the Olympic Games in 2004.
Ingrid Newkirk's assessment of the collection is particularly apt: "Deep, dark, grief-riddled and true to the core. A testament to how truth can break to the surface, having had to push through the scum of convenience and weeds of complacency."
MAIL BAG letters from
Helen Fullerton, PhD, Wales
Kiyoshi Osada, Japan
Dennis Stuart, Germany
Rose Hicks, South Africa
Elizabeth Rhodes, North York, Ontario Canada
Yurko case hearing in March
GM corn doubles death rate in Canadian chicken trial
U. of Virginia Med School curtails dog experiments
US and Canada have yet to adopt strict measures to detect BSE
Research animal use declines in New Zealand.