Hen Press, a division of Our Hen House, has arrived! Our goal will be to bring you the animal rights-related books and essays that you have dreamed of reading, but that mainstream publishers have missed out on. Thought-provoking, eye-opening, and inspiring, the works released by Hen Press have the power to truly transform human conceptions of non-human others — and to therefore change the world for animals! Hen Press publishes both fiction and non-fiction, and its works can be purchased through Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
Hen Press’ first publication, a short eBook written by civil engineer Sangamithra Iyer, is entitled The Lines We Draw. A story about boundaries — physical, biological, and ethical — it evolved out of a conversation with the late Dr. Alfred Prince, a hepatitis researcher, about the use of chimpanzees in medical research, and expanded into a larger discussion about ethics. Prince left New York University’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP) in the 1970s to establish New York Blood Center’s chimpanzee research colony in Liberia. The story weaves various threads and makes connections among logging, the Liberian Civil War, and vivisection. Chimpanzees are slowly being phased out of research in the United States, and the New York Blood Center has ceased testing in Liberia, but questions remain about the fate of laboratory chimpanzees.
By shedding light on the psychological impacts on both the chimpanzee victims of vivisection and those who experiment on them, Iyer has found her way to change the world for animals. We hope that her work inspires you to do the same.
You can purchase and download the eBook, The Lines We Draw, on Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. If you like what you read, please consider leaving a friendly review on any or all of the websites where it’s available. Our Hen House flock members will receive an electronic copy of the book for free! Stay tuned for details (and join the flock if you’re not already a member).