A genuine and rarefied glance into the world of vivisection
A significant contribution to animal ethics discourse “For over twenty years, my friends at the laboratory were mainly white and black mice, there were also gray mice and rats and a few rabbits. I consider them my friends because I truly loved them all and it is beyond my understanding how in my own two hands, without a flinch or hesitation, and without even being able to think of another possible way, I had caused them all such suffering.” This is a unique and rare candid account of a vivisector who, after a long career in vivisection, had decided to break the wall of silence and courageously tells the story of lab animals that intertwines with her own life story.
The author is a former vivisector who, for over twenty years, had practiced animal experimentation for the sake of science. MouseStruck is a true account unfolding the process of the author crossing the lines after contracting cancer following many years of participating in the research to find a cure for this class of diseases, and a sincere attempt to comprehend the vivisection act. “This is my attempt to share my frustration and bewilderment in the face of the unreasonable reason, double standards, unsynchronized academic disciplines, and the rift between academic discourse and actual reality, while expressing my sense of freedom after releasing myself from the trap of a daily routine which eroded and distorted my life. I wish to reveal the atrocities, to protest against the scientific arrogance which is detached and alienated from the Humanities and the human spirit, and to allow the reader to grasp the inconceivable.
This book was incredibly thought provoking. The true story of a woman that re-evaluates her life's work, when she is faced with a cancer diagnoses. Sometimes we fail to see how our actions affect other living creatures, until the tables turn and the light shines in a different way.
I applaud this woman for speaking out against vivisection, especially considering it was her life for such a long period of time. Its when we admit our faults, that we learn the most. I like that she was truthful in her admission that she loved the animals, but had no idea she was inflicting so much pain onto them...until it was being done to her in the form of chemotherapy.
I think that most of us, aside from when hunted for food, don't want to inflict pain onto animals, yet we know everyday it is happening in some corner of the world. We are quick to judge those that are inflicting that harm. This book gives us an insiders view on what is going on in that world, and in the mindset of those responsible for testing on animals.