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 to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or
to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not
to our site. We hope you find what you are looking for. The site
contains local, national, and international resources relating to
animal rights, everything from fact sheets to photographs, plus
numerous links to other relevant sites hosted by animal rights advocates
throughout the world.
main port of entry, however, is through Tom Regan's new book, Empty
Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights. The site
provides supplemental information that could not be included in
the book. Its organization mirrors the book’s contents. The
site’s major divisions correspond to the book’s chapters,
and the site’s subdivisions correspond to the various sections
in each chapter.
example, Chapter Six in the book is entitled “Turning Animals
into Food.” One section in this chapter discusses “The
Veal Industry.” So if you are looking for supplemental information
about farmed animals in general, choose Resources
and visit the links for “Turning Animals Into Food”
Links. If you are looking for supplemental
information about the veal industry in particular, you will find
those resources inside the Factsheets
for “Turning Animals Into Food” by category; i.e., “Veal
Farming” or “Dairy/Milk.”
information throughout the site includes standard bibliographical
listings (relevant books and articles, for example) and links to
relevant web sites, some of which present video and photographic
images. Some of these images can be accessed by visiting our Gallery.
Note that these visual resources include two kinds of images. Some
(the easy ones) depict the beauty and dignity, the grace and mystery
of other animals. Others (the hard ones) depict the treatment animals
receive at the hands of the major animal-user industries. Be forewarned
(and you will always have the choice to view them or not): these
visuals do not try to conceal or minimize the tragic truth. Billions
of animals live lives of abject misery and go to their deaths in
the unfeeling clutches of human cruelty. These are painful truths,
but truths they are.
Cage’s discussion of major animal-user industries is
limited for the most part to the American scene. However, users
of this site will find many links to organizations throughout the
world that provide relevant information about practices in other
countries. Just visit Resources
for books, factsheets, links, and more.
addition to these resources, selections from some of Tom Regan’s
other books are included. Most of these resources are more abstract
and theoretical than what readers will find in Empty Cages.
They are provided for people looking for systematic philosophical
explorations of philosophical ideas at the center of the animal
web site is a communal work-in-progress. As new, relevant resources
become available, they will be added. People who visit the site
are encouraged to send along suggestions that they think will help
Be advised: Not all the links within this web site reflect the views of Tom Regan, North Carolina State University, the North Carolina State University Library, or the Culture and Animals Foundation.
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