ANIMAL RIGHTS: A PHILOSOPHY OF JUSTICE
Tom Regan on Tik Tok!!
How cool to see the originator of rights-based animal rights theory on Tik Tok (a famous place, naturally, to find all philosophers).
ANIMAL RIGHTS: A PHILOSOPHY OF JUSTICE
Tom Regan on Go Vegan Radio (2006)
Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights, and the originator of rights-based abolitionist animal rights, appeared on Bob Lindon's seemingly now defunct Go Vegan Radio, which ran weekly from 2000 to 2020.
This show was from September 24th, 2006, by which time Regan had split from his collaborations with Gary Francione and Anna Charlton and was trying to influence the animal movement from within.*
* Francione and Charlton went off to form Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach, which enjoys an "outsider" status with regard to the animal movement and sees itself as a counter-movement.
In the seventh of the blog series “And If You Know Your History...”, Dr. Roger Yates of the Vegan Information Project talks about the work of the late Prof. Tom Regan, philosopher and pioneer of rights-based animal rights. From the Vegfest Express blog (link below)... This is a celebration of the life and work of Tom Regan, author of the ground-breaking rights-based book, The Case for Animal Rights, in 1983, and the originator of abolitionist animal rights. However, I also take the opportunity provided by the writing of this blog entry to explore why the “animal rights movement” has rejected the philosophy of animal rights and opted to simply use the term “animal rights” as a label.
THIS is the original Vegfest Express blog entry.
THIS is Tom Regan's powerful statement on rights-based animal rights in which he declares the philosophy of the "animal rights" movement morally bankrupt.
AUDIO: Tom Regan on Pets, Whether Animal Advocates Know All the Answers, and Rights Violations
On the 4th of August, 2004, Professor Tom Regan appeared on the BBC Radio 4 series, The Moral Maze. He was asked a number of questions and had a few ethical scenarios presented to him, some of which Regan found rather bizarre. In the last question of Regan's slot on the show, he was asked about the moral status of pets and whether they deserve their freedom.
Tom Regan was nothing if not an honest man and so, rather than offering some sound bite or dodging the question, he said that this is a difficult issue. Animal advocates who often seem to believe that they require to have a snappy answer to every conceivable question can learn from Tom Regan because here he "admits" that advocates may not know the answer to everything, as though we have a well developed blueprint of the future to simply lay out before an audience.
However, Regan then asserts that there are some things that rights-based animal advocates do know for sure and that is that systematic use of other animals are rights violations.
Almost 30 years ago, on June 10th, 1990, thousands of people turned out for a "March for the Animals" in Washington DC. Interviewed in 2007, Tom Regan, author of the The Case for Animal Rights, the book that kick-started rights-based abolitionist animal rights in the 1980s, estimated that between 60,000 and 70,000 people attended. It remains the largest march that the animal advocacy movement has ever organised.
Regan can be seen to the right of the lead banner of the 1990 march.
Tom Regan says that this time was one of "great optimism in the movement" and the 1990 march enabled and ennobled its participants. In 1996, a second "March for the Animals" drew only 3,000 people. Regan declared it "a disaster." One explanation that Regan offers to explain this fall-off within six years was the firming up of the "sharp divide" between animal welfarists and animal rightists.
The Gary Francione countermovement offer the same analysis. See HERE. It seems that the welfare corporations grasped back the initiative in the animal movement. For example, between the two marches, the once radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) began their deradicalisation into a large welfare corporation. In 1992, for example, PeTA's Ingrid Newkirk took the reformist line against the abolitionism of Regan and Francione in a famous Animals' Agenda article - see HERE.
In the 2007 interview, Regan still held a critical view of how the animal movement had developed, saying that the most powerful national organisations had adopted a "corporate business model." He called for the democratisation of the movement away from the dominance of the national groups.
AUDIO: Gandhi's "Talk" to Tom Regan leads to the Start of Abolitionist Animal Rights
When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi "spoke" to anti-war activist and philosopher Tom Regan, who could have predicted its far-reaching consequence?
In this 2005 interview, Regan explains how Gandhi's views on violence lead an ex-butcher to rights-based animal rights.
In 1989, in a famous debate televised by the BBC in Britain, philosopher Tom Regan, the author of The Case for Animal Rights, declared that the utilitarian tradition that is favoured within the "animal rights movement" is "morally bankrupt."
In this 2005 interview at the John Adams Institute, Regan is once again critical of the philosophy the animal movement follows, calling it "morally obscene."
Content Warning: Regan uses a real case of a brutal rape to illustrate his point.
Philosopher Tom Regan, the originator of abolitionist animal rights with his groundbreaking 1983 book, The Case for Animal Rights, says in a 2005 interview at the John Adams Institute, that the other animals who are imprisoned in zoos and sea parks, "cannot be who they are."
In a 2005 interview, Tom Regan describes how animal liberation would also result in human liberation and, therefore, how he saw himself as a human liberator and not just simply an animal liberator.
This is the same radical vision as the founding members of the vegan social movement in the 1940s who argued that a vegan animal rights stance would not only free other animals from being used by human beings but its consequence was also an essential element in the moral evolution of humanity.
In 2005, the John Adams Institute held a special evening with animal rights philosopher, Tom Regan.
There was an interview section towards the end of the evening. Regan's amusing (kind-of) answer to the question of whether he's seen any progress over the years involves him talking about going to an international "animal rights conference" in the 1970s where meals full of parts of other animals were served.
Dr. Roger Yates is a rights advocate and sociologist