many times have we heard that question?
How many times have our lives been enhanced by taking the
advice from someone asking that question?
Here are a few suggestions from critics, friends, and myself
that might fit your particular fancy.
Enjoy! And please let us know what you think about this
Love for the animals!
Inside the World of Animal
Smuggling and Exotic Pets
by Peter Laufer, PhD
"Forbidden Creatures," by serious
writer Dr. Peter Laufer, is an excellent
read on the enormous problem stemming
from the exotic animal trade. It will
grip you and you will be shocked. Please
read it and bring it to the attention
of your friends and associates. The international
"trade" is (according to wildlife
experts) on a par with illegal drugs.
This information is not commonly known.
We do not belong to this material world
that science constructs for us. We are
not in it; we are outside. We are only
spectators. The reason why we believe
that we are in it, that we belong to the
picture, is that our bodies are in the
picture. Our bodies belong to it. Not
only my own body, but those of my friends,
also of my dog and cat and horse, and
of all the other people and animals. And
this is my only means of communicating
--Erwin Schrodinger; from "What is
Life" and other scientific essays
is being smuggled, from where and how
-and why do so many people keep illicit,
dangerous pets? On the heels of his acclaimed
"The Dangerous World of Butterflies",
investigative journalist Peter Laufer
is back to chronicle his worldwide quest
to penetrate the underworld of international
animal smuggling. In "Forbidden Creatures,"
Laufer exposes the network of hunters,
traders, breeders, and customers who constitute
this often nefarious business - which,
estimated at $10 to $20 billion annually,
competes with illegal drug and weapons
trafficking in the money it earns criminals.
has married her celebrity status to her
animal rights activism. She embraces her
acting career and the notoriety it continues
to bring to her, reveling in the adoration
she receives as a former Hollywood star.
And she works that attention to her animals'
advantage at events
. . . raising money along with Shambala's
--Forbidden Creatures, p. 42
Tippi Hedren rejects the proposition that
commercial breeding can be rationalized
as morally responsible out of her concern
for individual cats.
--Forbidden Creatures, p. 111
by Chris Gallucci
The history told in this book "The
Elephant Man" is mesmerizing and
powerful. The bond between this man and
two of the largest land animals on our
planet will leave you with many insights
of the relationship between man and beasts.
The friendship between Shambala's African
elephants, Timbo and Cora, and Chris is
unique. I have been fortunate to observe
the amazing relationship between these
three. I urge you to broaden your insight
into these three amazing beings. Chris
Gallucci is Shambala. Timbo is Shambala.
I am Shambala.
-- Tippi Hedren
love you" and "I could kill you."
The world the Elephant Man grew up in was
mean and hard. He left home when he was
only twelve. Throughout his teens he was
involved with the violent biker culture
that developed in and around Los Angeles
in the late sixties. Thanks to a falsified
ID and too much pride to admit it, he found
himself in jail for first time at the tender
age of seventeen. His only true philosophy
in those days was to show no weakness. While
this mantra fueled the flames of his rebellion
and brought him nothing but trouble, it
also led to his eventual salvation. Timbo
was a five-ton grey giant, who at nearly
fifty years of age was North America's biggest
and oldest African elephant bull. As stubborn
as Chris himself, he too was unpredictable,
fearless and always ready for a fight. |
--foreword by Daniel Opitz
Elephant Man...The Journey
by Chris Gallucci
available online through blurb.com
If you get it! Enjoy the journey. If you
don't! I feel sorry for you. -- Chris
Comments from readers:
Loved the book, love the style, the
notes, and some good photography. Good
luck with your ventures. Save Elephants
from the Evils of Man. Well done 5 star!
What a Awesome Story on how he was a Biker
and turned into this Grrrrreat Elephant
Trainer . . . -- Todd
Amazing Man. Fabulous Story! And Photos!
The photographs are AMAZING! . . .
Bill Dow is an AMAZING photographer! -- BC659
Serval Son: Spots and Stripes Forever
by Kristine M. Smith
You are responsible for all you tame...
If you've ever wondered what it's like
to own (and be owned by) a wild
animal—especially a wild cat—get ready
to experience it in ways you will never
forget. The author, Kris Smith,
does not advocate the keeping of wild
pets, especially wild cats, wild dogs
and simians. To the contrary, for the
many reasons she explains and has
endured, she is opposed to wild animal
ownership for most people. The
commitment is brutal, the risks
enormous, the memories indelible (good
"Kris Smith is a warrior, filled with
tenacity, with a true love and respect for
— Tippi Hedren