Let the dogs out has been re-done and is now available in paperback with full page watercolour illustrations.
As you might imagine, although there is a happy ending for the story’s hero, this one is something of a tear-jerker. You can read the whole story here, if you want to try before you buy, but, basically, it’s about a beagle who was born and raised in a laboratory breeding facility. The story is told from his point of view and we learn how life is for him and his peers in this bleak place. The reader actually knows more than he does because they can understand what the humans are saying, and they can read the label on the cage and the order form that slips to the floor.
The whole business is a very unhappy prospect indeed. However, about half way through the book everything changes: one of the humans helps him to escape and there is an exciting car chase and a desperate search and, well, I don’t want to give everything away.
While there are no images of experiments on animals, it is very sad to learn about places like these, even in this PG depiction, so I know that no one is going to be choosing this one for a bedtime story. But it is a story that needs to be told and widely shared. Everyone should be aware of what it’s like for laboratory animals so that they are motivated to fight against vivisection; to refuse to donate to charities which fund vivisection; and to fight for a change in the law so that animals will no longer be bred, enslaved, tortured and killed by the people in these places.
So this is a great book for campaigners who wish to enlighten people about the realities of vivisection because, without actually depicting the cruel experiments, it conveys the hopelessness and helplessness felt by its innocent victims and inspires an urge to change things or at least to support those who are. With that in mind, the end of the book includes information about the real company and events that informed the story and provides information about organisations fighting against vivisection and funding non-animal research to replace it. All this information is also included at the bottom of the story page on Violet’s Vegan e-Comics.
Author/Illustrator: Violet Plum of Violet’s Vegan Comics
Genre: comic/graphic novel, suspense, drama
Recommended for readers aged 12 and up
This Edition First Published: 24 April 2018
Format: Paperback (78 pages)
Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm
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