Oral history interview with Carter Luke 2000


Luke, Carter, 1948- (Interviewee)
Rowe, Martin (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Carter Luke 2000
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Carter Luke: oral history, 2000; Oral history of Carter Luke, 2000
Carter Luke begins the one session by discussing his childhood, early interest in animals, and experiences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He describes interactions with Professor Harry Harlow and Steven Suomi, researchers using primates for psychological research, and discusses the importance of civil interactions despite philosophical differences. He describes starting with the Massachuse tts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). He also analyzes activities at the MSPCA during the 1990s, the 1993 Year of the Cat national campaign, coalitions between organizations, and the interactions between the veterinary and humane communities.
Collection Name
Animal Advocates Oral History Collection
Animal shelters; Laboratory animals; Animal industry--Moral and ethical aspects; Animal rights; Animal rights movement; Animal rights activists; Luke, Carter, 1948-; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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Physical Description
43 pages; sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
Carter Luke was interested in wild and companion animals from childhood, and he received a B.A. in Mathematics and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and did graduate work in Elementary Education. He taught elementary school from 1973-1 976 and worked construction on and off through the 1960s and mid-1970s. In 1977 Luke left teaching to become shelter manager and humane officer at the Coulee Region Humane Society in Wisconsin. Six years later he accepted the position of Executive Director of the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1985, he became Director of Shelters for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and he became the organization's Vice President of Humane Services in 1988.
Interviewed by Martin Rowe on April 28, 2000.
Note (Provenance)
Recording Animal Advocacy, Inc. Gift 2001 2001.2002.M055
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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