Monday, January 7, 2019

Lulu's Friends, by Aimee Ogden

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Animal SF) Lulu enjoys playing with human children, and she signs very well for an orangutan, but today her keeper has a very difficult question for her (1,292 words; Time: 04m)

"Lulu's Friends," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.014 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: : In the real world, research on primates (particularly the great ape) has almost stopped due to protests against the practice. In this story, Lulu is able to give consent to experimentation because she signs so well.

Con: Just as a human child or a person with reduced mental capacity cannot give consent, there’s no reason to believe Lulu’s response would count as consent.

Second, all the reports of apes learning sign language were grossly exaggerated, bordering on fraud. It’s something that survives in the popular imagination because so many people really, really want to believe it’s true.

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