By Alan Green, The Center for Public Integrity
An unlimited and formerly undisclosed underground economic climate exists within the usa. the goods got and bought: animals. In Animal Underworld, veteran investigative journalist Alan eco-friendly exposes the sleazy, occasionally unlawful internet of these who alternate in infrequent and unique creatures. eco-friendly and the guts for Public Integrity display which American zoos and entertainment parks unload their "surplus" animals at the middlemen adept at secretly redirecting them into the personal puppy alternate. We're taken to exotic-animal auctions, the place the nameless excessive bidders are frequently infamous buyers, hunting-ranch owners, and profit-minded charlatans masquerading as conservationists. We stopover at a number of the nation's so much prestigious universities and examine laboratories, whose diseased monkeys are "laundered" via this related community of breeders and purchasers until eventually they eventually achieve the houses of unsuspecting puppy vendors. And we meet the lads and ladies who make their residing via skirting via loopholes within the legislations, or by means of ignoring the legislation altogether. For a person who cares approximately animals; for puppy proprietors, zoo-goers, natural world conservationists, and animal welfare advocates, Animal Underworld is gripping, surprising studying.
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Mother…outside. ” I thought no good would come of explaining to her that a “muppet” meant a crazy person in Brit speak. Mother nodded. ” I walked over to poor Mr. ” I knelt and went through the motions of chest compressions—like I’d seen done on TV shows—and hoped I wasn’t doing the man any more harm. ) Thankfully, before I attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the sound of a siren reached my ears, and I ceased my useless efforts. Within another minute, two police officers came through the front door of the trailer.
You would, too, if you’d spent your formative years in that house with that woman. Nothing could strike more terror in little Brandy’s heart than the sight of her mother in that raccoon coat. I don’t know when Mother had bought it…probably in the 1940s (judging by the severe shoulder pads) when she was in college and Father was off being a war correspondent in Germany. I’d always pictured Mother wearing the raccoon coat while riding around in an open jalopy with ten other kids, waving a school banner and shouting “Boola-boola” into a megaphone, like in an old Andy Hardy movie.
Eh? ” I intervened. ” It pays to watch BBC America. Chaz smiled, showing the metal grillwork. “That’s right, Bran…. ” Chaz didn’t wait for my reply before going on. ” She beamed back at Mr. Yeager, who had remained seated behind the table. Mr. Yeager nodded, smiling shyly. ” The gawkers had moved on, now that the conflict had ended, except for a man Mother’s age named Ivan Wright, who had once been mayor of Serenity, and was among the many old boys in town who Mother was convinced had the hots for her—or anyway, the warms.
Animal Underworld: Inside America's Black Market for Rare and Exotic Species by Alan Green, The Center for Public Integrity