She starts to shiver when she hears
the key turn in the lock,
trembles violently as he nears her cage,
opens the gate.
Last time, there were needles that hurt,
that made her sick.
Once he pulled her back tooth out.
That was one of the worst times.
She cannot find a spot against the bars
that doesn't hurt her body.
Sleep is a fitful thing,
with bad dreams.
She wants out of the cage.
But not with him,
and what he does to her.
A strange life this is.
She can remember no other.
in her DNA,
the understanding that
life is not meant
to be lived
In researching for this piece, I discover that even though it has been established that chimpanzees do not respond similarly to humans, they are still being injected with the AIDS virus, and hepatitis. This adds nothing to our body of medical knowledge and serves no purpose. While Europe has banned the medical testing of chimpanzees, the US has the dubious distinction of being the only country still doing so.
written for Kerry's prompt at Real Toads: to write a vignette, creating an atmosphere, rather than telling a story.