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Re: Alex died

Posted by Matt B on 9/13/07
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    On 9/13/07, RickAnal wrote:
    > On 9/11/07, Marilyn wrote:
    >> I heard today that Alex, the African Gray from the
    >> University of Arizona (I think that's right) passed away.
    >> I feel like I lost a friend. His human co-workers found
    >> him dead in his cage on Thursday but didn't let word out
    >> until today so they would have time to grieve. Over 30
    >> years, Alex taught his researchers (and friends) much of
    >> what's known about avian brain and thought potential. I
    >> haven't written on a parrot chat board for years even
    >> though I have two Amazon parrots I love dearly. I will
    >> miss knowing Alex is around and wanted to share that with
    >> people who might miss him too.
    >
    > Dr. Pepperberg did some awesome work, but it was at Alex's
    > expense. Alex was never a colleague but an involuntary
    > laboratory subject who was relentless tested and probe for
    > over 30 years. Pepperberg's academic training was not from
    > the humanistic sciences but from chemistry. She apparently
    > lacked the empathy to grasp the injustice of her exploiting
    > Alex to advance her own career. Alex both visibly and
    > verbally demonstrated not boredom but severe stress responses
    > to his 8-12 hour per day relentless training and testing by
    > Dr. P and her helpers. I hoped and prayed that one day she
    > would allow Alex to experience a few years of a normal life
    > with a human or parrot companion but his life was cut short
    by
    > around 50&37;. Alex, I believe, died because he just
    couldn't
    > take his servitude any longer. I suspect some sort of
    aneurism
    > in his brain/stroke. The Humane Society should review Dr.
    > Pepperberg's laboratory practices along with other scientists
    > who study highly intelligent non-humans. Certainly Alex, the
    > Einstein of the bird world should have had rights that a
    > minimum apply to the lowest paid and least educated menial
    > workers in the US--such as limits on how many hours a day he
    > can be worked with, mand@ory breaks, vacation time, etc.
    > Let's hope Griffin and Wort, who have less than a fifth of
    > Alex's IQ, are treated with greater compassion and humanity.

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    """"""his 8-12 hour per day relentless training and testing by
    > Dr. P and her helpers."""""""

    three 20 minute sessions per day---5 days a week


    """"""such as limits on how many hours a day he
    > can be worked with, mand@ory breaks, vacation time, etc."""""

    SO, and just how did you come to this conclusion? Got an in
    somewhere?? Be careful how you answer. I doubt that you really
    want to be also embarrassed after making such an anal/ass out
    of yourself.