By Alan Green, The Center for Public Integrity
An unlimited and formerly undisclosed underground economic climate exists within the usa. the goods obtained and offered: animals. In Animal Underworld, veteran investigative journalist Alan eco-friendly exposes the sleazy, occasionally unlawful net of these who alternate in infrequent and unique creatures. eco-friendly and the heart for Public Integrity show which American zoos and leisure parks unload their "surplus" animals at the middlemen adept at secretly redirecting them into the non-public puppy exchange. We're taken to exotic-animal auctions, the place the nameless excessive bidders are frequently infamous purchasers, hunting-ranch owners, and profit-minded charlatans masquerading as conservationists. We stopover at many of the nation's so much prestigious universities and study laboratories, whose diseased monkeys are "laundered" via this similar community of breeders and buyers until eventually they ultimately achieve the houses of unsuspecting puppy proprietors. And we meet the lads and girls who make their residing via skirting via loopholes within the legislations, or by means of ignoring the legislations altogether. For someone who cares approximately animals; for puppy vendors, zoo-goers, flora and fauna conservationists, and animal welfare advocates, Animal Underworld is gripping, stunning interpreting.
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Animal Underworld: Inside America's Black Market for Rare and Exotic Species by Alan Green, The Center for Public Integrity