CORRECTION: In the winter issue of Action Line, we did not properly credit Don Barnes for his role in getting the Project X chimps released to Primarily Primates.
Setting the Record Straight about Project X chimps
I liked some of the winter Action Line, however I did not like the article “Animals in Entertainment,” specifically the reference to the movie Project X.
Tell you why: Bob "the consummate egomaniac" Barker had nothing, nada, zilch, to do with those chimps coming to Primarily Primates PPI—that was entirely my doing.
As you may remember, I was the technical advisor for that movie (even listed in the credits). When I found out Twentieth Century Fox intended to sell those chimps back into the movie industry, I threw a fit. I managed to get them sent to PPI (along with a veterinarian) and a check for $25,000 made out to PPI to defray costs of upkeep.
I'm not looking for fame or prestige at this point in life, but I don't want Barker getting any more credit than he deserves...and he does deserve a lot of credit for all the good work he's done for other animals including those at PPI, I grant that.
Barker got involved in Project X only after a trainer stepped forward with information about how the chimps were treated. Twentieth Century Fox never allowed me on the set, and due to my extreme gullibility and naiveté, I trusted them. I was wrong to do so. Barker then implicated me in mistreating the animals and went on to proclaim, "Once a vivisector; always a vivisector."
I still have a lot of good friends in the movement and would like to set the record straight rather than wonder whether I took credit in the past for something I didn't do.
No Such Thing as a ‘Little’ Dairy
I commend Denise Roa for moving toward a plant-based diet (thanks to FoA's influence), but I am dismayed that she hasn't taken the next step to give up that little bit of dairy (Action Line, Autumn, 2013). Adopting a vegan diet is clearly an effective way to reduce animal suffering, and this interview offered a golden opportunity to point out that consuming even a "little dairy" contributes to that suffering.
Dairy cows, after all, are repeatedly impregnated to get them to produce milk, and their offspring are either killed for their meat or put into replenishing the dairy cow population. Those that become dairy cows, like those before them, will live confined until their milk production declines. Once that decline occurs, they will be killed with their remains going into the production of meat by-products, fertilizer or glue.
The dairy industry, based as it is on female animal biology, also carries implications beyond animal rights--implications that reflect our society's pernicious institutionalized sexism. A "little dairy," therefore, goes a long way. I hope Ms. Roa comes to see this, and as a result, adopts a vegan diet.
COEXISTING WITH BEAVERS
After reading your article on beavers in the Winter 2014 edition of Action Line I wondered if you were aware of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife based in Dolgeville, NJ.
I have been in contact with B.W.&W. on several occasions when there have been conflicts between beavers and humans. This wonderful organization wants to save beavers, wetlands and wildlife in New York, across the U.S. and overseas.
Beryl W. Dickson