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The Case For Animal Rights

An Interview With Tom Regan

I first met Tom Regan when he was a visiting scholar at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Regan’s recently published The Case for Animal Rights had secured his place as the philosophical spokesperson for the animal welfare movement. Our next encounter was in Philadelphia where Regan was the keynote speaker at a rally called to denounce the primate experiments at the University of Pennsylvania’s Head Injury Lab. I had expected to hear a dispassionate critique of the experiments; instead, the good professor, transfigured into a throwback Irish radical, brought the crowd chanting to its feet. Several months later Regan would join eighty activists in a four-day sit-in at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda to demand that the Penn lab be closed. To the surprise of all, Secretary of Health Margaret Heckler responded to this illegal protest by suspending the lab’s funding.

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Animals And Science

This is an excerpt from Tom Regan’s The Case For Animal Rights, in which he explains why he opposes all scientific research on animals.

South China Journal

Long-time SUN readers may remember David Grant’s “Peace Nigger’s Long March” [Issue 46], an account of a two week journey he made on foot, carrying a petition calling for military disarmament. He maintained silence during the trip, communicating with the people he met by writing in a notebook.


The Smell Of The Vineyards

Luz lived with her mother and sister in the Raisin Capital of the World. In September, when the grapes were drying between the vines, the whole valley smelled of wine. It was at this season that the most beautiful woman in the town, Maria del Carmen Pacheco, looked her best. As she walked, shoulders braced, along the streets where the leaves were accumulating in drifts, she seemed to glow, her skin touched with a reddish gold. Luz loved the Fall even more than Spring.

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Readers Write

Other Animals

From drawings we have seen, we guess it may look something like a tiny alligator, ribs of soft vertebrae scale-like along an emerging spinal column; I can also imagine other animals: a bird, for instance, its wings gently enfolding its body, its softly beating heart. But so far it has been a little abstract; it is still “other” to us, an animal in utero, hidden from our inquiring eyes.

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It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

C.W. Leadbeater

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