by Jeffrey Masson as "the single best introduction to animal
rights ever written," and by Howard Lyman as doing "for
the animal rights movement what Silent Spring did for the
environmental movement," this new book by Tom Regan will structure
the animal rights debate for generations to come. In a style at
once simple and elegant, Regan dispels the negative image of animal
rights advocates perpetrated by the mass media, unmasks the fraudulent
rhetoric of "humane treatment" favored by animal exploiters,
and explains why existing laws function to legitimize institutional
by the leading philosophical spokesperson for animal rights, Tom
Regan's shocking exposé of animal abuse makes an essential
and lasting contribution that will significantly impact the history
of animal rights advocacy in America.
C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago: Tom Regan's
Empty Cages is a
powerful call for justice on one of the most urgent issues human
society faces. Calmly, lucidly, he asks readers to confront the
miserable conditions we have inflicted on animals — not only
in the familiar cases of factory farming, product testing, and hunting,
but in less
well-documented areas such as greyhound racing and circus performance.
charge that advocates for animal rights are crazy extremists, he
convincingly that they are, instead, thoughtful people who follow
an argument to its
logical conclusion. The reader has three choices: find a flaw in
work for change, or throw the book away and try to forget it. The
force of Regan's argument makes the third course very difficult.
W. Fox, Veterinarian, author, and syndicated
columnist: All who care for animals, and those who see animal
rights advocacy as misanthropic extremism should read this book.
It is a rude awakening — and a clarion call — exposing
the sham of "humane standards" and the lie of "unavoidable
necessity" touted by the industries of cruel animal exploitation.
Tom Regan argues with logic and compassion why such outrageous mistreatment
must be abolished for the good of all.
Bekoff, University of Colorado, Boulder:
Empty Cages is a long-awaited
and much-welcomed personal and heartfelt book written by the 'dean'
of the modern animal rights movement. Covering a broad range of
important topics in an easy-to-read style, Tom Regan dispenses with
misleading stereotypes about animal advocates and shows how nonsensical
it is to label those who work on behalf of animals as 'radicals'
or 'extremists' . . . Empty Cages
is a must-read and deserves the widest of audiences.
Lyman, author, Mad Cowboy: Empty
Cages will do for the animal rights movement what
Silent Spring did for the environmental movement.
Stallwood, President, Institute for Animal Studies:
Tom Regan's Empty Cages
is for everyone who cares about animals: It will inform those new
to animal advocacy, inspire those already on the front lines, and
empower both. This book will define the future vitality and growth
of the animal rights movement for generations to come. If you want
the full story about animal rights, you must read Empty
Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer
Prize winning poet and author of Always Beginning — Essays
on a Life in Poetry (2000): Animal factory farmers hide
behind such phrases as 'humane treatment' and 'responsible care.'
Tom Regan gently but honestly takes you into the hog and chicken
barns, onto the cattle feedlots; after that, it is up to you. This
thoughtful book deserves a wide readership.
Watson, Co-founder of Greenpeace, Founder and
President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: Tom Regan
is the Tom Paine of animal rights, the rational visionary who, while
passionately defending the rights of man, no less passionately defends
the rights of animals. His contributions are historically unprecedented.
The animal rights movement may have evolved from the humane feelings
of compassion and mercy. In Tom Regan, it has found the voice of
Motavalli, Editor, E: The Environmental Magazine:
In a world where exploitation of other species has become mechanized
and institutionalized, the animals need a spokesman. That voice
belongs to Tom Regan, whose Empty
Cages is a clearly written, eloquent argument in
favor of compassion for the beings with which we share the planet.
Far from a polemic, it's an appeal to reason. Like Matthew Scully's
Dominion, the book is both a personal story of Regan's
own evolution to animal rights and a ringing critique of the casual
cruelty that has come to inform our daily lives. Read this book
and you'll think twice about eating meat, watching a circus, wearing
fur or supporting animal-based research.
Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants
Weep: Empty Cages
is, in my estimation, the single best introduction to the topic
of animal rights ever written.
Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for
Literature: Tom Regan delivers a searing indictment of the
way we treat animals in the world we have made for ourselves, and
presents a trenchant case that animals have or should have rights
in the same way that human beings have.
Goodall: Every so often a book is written that is
destined to change the way people think. Tom Regan has written just
such a book. Empty Cages
is compelling because it is logical, rational and written in an
elegantly simple style. It will educate and sadden you, and make
you angry, but never is it inflammatory. Reading it may not convert
you into an animal rights advocate, at least not immediately, but
it will most definitely give you an understanding of and sympathy
for the movement. And all animals, everywhere, will benefit. Please
buy this book, read it and tell your friends about it. Everyone
needs a copy on their bookshelf.
Rifkin, author of The Biotech Century and
Beyond Beef: The major animal user industries and governments throughout
the world say they treat animals 'humanely.' Empty
Cages exposes the myth. Compassionate people will
be outraged when they read about the mind numbing cruelty inflicted
upon our fellow creatures. The challenge of animal rights is simple:
Treat other animals with the same respect that we would treat one
another — a truly revolutionary idea.
Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee
for Responsible Medicine: Tom Regan is a brilliant visionary.
His new book, Empty Cages,
debunks myths and exposes unscrupulous practices hidden from public
view. People who are willing to ‘question authority’
need to read this original, illuminating, and thorough examination
of the case for animal rights.
Gary Kowalski, author,
The Bible According to Noah and Science and the Search for God:
This is the book that will inspire the next wave of animal rights
activism. And the next wave after that one.
John Robbins, author,
Diet For A New America, and The Food Revolution: Empty
Cages is among the most important books ever written
on the great subject of how we humans treat and relate to animals.
A rare and special book that can help us to awaken to our humanity.
Greek, DVM, DACVD, co-author, Specious
Science: Every veterinarian should read Tom Regan’s Empty
Cages, and every student of veterinary medicine
should be required to read it. The book is this important to the
future integrity of our profession.
Ray Greek, MD,
co-author, Species Science; President, Americans For Medical
Advancement (www.curedisease.com): If you are only going to
read one book about animal rights, this is the one to read.
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