Researching Animal Abuse


When beginning to write a portion of a certain chapter about Augustus (an escaped rat from the National Institutes of Health)  I researched the history of animal experiments done at the facility, and at the same time I came across You Tube videos of rat experiments. 

What I both read and viewed were extremely disturbing and only added more fuel and emotion to the chapter.  In this portion of the chapter, Augustus recalls the time both he and his true love were imprisoned at NIH, and in vivid detail he remembers the atrocities done to her while he was made to watch.  I cried as I wrote a majority of this piece, wondering how, as a species that we call "human", could we be so utterly inhumane.
 

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