Early Animal Rights Poem Discovered: A Mouse’s Plea

21 Apr

From NPR, read the transcript or listen to the story of a lab mouse who inspired a poem about animal rights, especially those of lab mice—237 years ago! Enviable illustrations too.

Early Animal Rights Poem Discovered: A Mouse’s Plea

He was just an ordinary mouse, nothing special. He lived, very briefly, 237 years ago, in the laboratory of a great chemist, Joseph Priestley. Here he sits, in his cage.

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