kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is
not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable,
larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals
eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth
of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger
Regan (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina
State University) is universally recognized as the
intellectual leader of the animal rights movement.
During his more than 30 years on the faculty, he received numerous awards
excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching; was named University Alumni
Distinguished Professor; published hunders of professional papers and more
than 20 books; won major international awards for film writing and direction;
and presented hundreds of lectures throughout the United States and abroad.
Upon his retirement in 2001, he received the William Quarles Holliday Medal,
the highest honor NCSU can bestow on one of its
In that same year, using his donated papers and extensive personal library,
the NCSU Library established the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive,
the world's leading archival resource for animal rights scholarship.
With his wife, Nancy, he cofounded "The Culture & Animals Foundation."
interview took place by phone in early August
Parts 1 and 2 provide an overview of the book "Empty Cages,"
general AR concepts, controversies, and about Tom's
Parts 3 and 4 focus primarily on the book.
BACKGROUND AND RESOURCES
a copy of "Empty Cages" and/or read reviews
Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive, Tom's career
Culture & Animals Foundation (and upcoming
conference, Oct. 1 to 3, 2004)
with new preface, "The Case for Animal Rights."
by Tom Regan
(picture at top from AR2003)