‘The Great Cage Escape’ by Louise van der Merwe


This childrens book is a real gem.  I sat and read it in about half an hour one afternoon.  It had been sent to me by our ASWA South African Representative – Anne Hemmings.  If you want to give a book to a child with a real moral message about life from the perspective of a captive animal then this is the book for you!  The forward to the book is written by Jonathan Balcombe – animal scientist and behaviourist, as he says ‘Animals lives matter to them. Their most precious possession is their freedom’.

The book is written by Louise van der Merwe – a remarkable woman who works tirelessly for animal rights in South Africa. I first discovered her when I read her first book ‘Goosie’s Story’ about a battery hen a few years ago.