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Re: Alex died

Posted by Tempest on 9/13/07
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    On 9/13/07, Matt B wrote:
    > 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.

    Too late. He already did. What an azz.