Source:Center for Public Integrity (Washington, D.C.)
"Animal Underworld is an expose of the burgeoning domestic trade in exotic species. The book examines all facets of the exotic-animal 'industry,' focusing in particular on the 'laundering' of unwanted zoo and research castoffs as they are sold and resold until paper trails go cold. Animal Underworld exposes the elaborate shell game of animal brokering that secretly shunts rare - even endangered - species off to auction barns, private hunting preserves, roadside attractions and basement cages. The book demonstrates how institutions and individuals heralded for their commitment to conservation, including some of the nation's most respected zoos, are in many instances interested more in profits than in preservation of the species..."