Category: Essays & Articles

Causing Animal Pain, Taking Animal Life

by Tom Regan Decent people everywhere oppose cruelty to animals. When it is inflicted on them at the hands of human agency, the pain they experience must be justified. That someone enjoys making animals suffer does not rise to the level of adequate justification. Just the opposite.

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Boycott Ringling Brothers

By Tom Regan If it’s February in the Triangle, Ringling Brothers must be coming to town. (Shows run from February 4 to 9. at Raleigh’s RBC Center). And (sure as rain is wet) Animal Rights Advocates will be protesting. Many circus goers have a hard time understanding what we’re doing there. “Get a life!” is [...]

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April 24th: World Day for Laboratory Animals

By Tom Regan During the past month, I was privileged to present a number of lectures on American university campuses. Half way through my talks, I always paused to ask, “Is anyone here from the media?” Not a single hand went up, which is par for the course. After all, my topic was animal rights, [...]

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Coetzee and the Animals

By Tom Regan With Martin Rowe When South African novelist J. M. Coetzee was honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this month, the world observed again a form of apartheid all too familiar to some admirers of his impressive body of work.

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A Political Prisoner in the Tar Heel State

by Tom Regan In June of 1992, the Criminal Justice Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches sent a letter to then Governor Jim Martin urging him to commute the sentence of a prisoner who, members of the committee said, “[was] being kept in prison for political reasons.”

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