Tom Reagan is an American philosopher who was active in writing. Reagan had specialized in writing and campaigning for the animal rights and in the animal rights theory. Also, since 1967, Reagan was a professor in North Carolina State University.
What are Tom Reagan’s Top Books?
As a prolific writer, Tom Reagan has written a couple of which has struck the world of scholars and readers in a stance. Almost all of Reagan’s books address the issue of animal rights and the animal rights theory. Reagan argues that, though nonhuman, animals also have their moral rights and they should be treated with inherent value and respect. Among his top books include:
1) The Case for Animal Rights
This is of the Reagan’s famous books. It addresses the need to treat animals in respect and value. In this book, Reagan goals include the exclusion of the use of animal in science, dissolution of animal agriculture for commercial rights, and prohibition of trapping and hunting sports and commercial activities.
Reagan is opposed in the way animals are treated through being eaten, by manipulation using drugs and surgeries, and also by exploiting them in sports or other commercial activities for money and fun. He is also opposed to how the animals such as cats and dogs are treated with contempt especially by the people who do not own them.
2) Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Human Rights
According to Jeffrey Masson, Reagan’s Empty Cages is the best book in the introduction to the issue of the animal rights. The book focuses on introducing the future generations to the importance of animal rights and fair treatment of animals.
The book also addresses the issue of negative image on animal that is instilled by the mass media, the issue of animal exploiters and the image they depict on animals, and how the existing laws only act to enhance institutional cruelty against animals.
The book is made up of a collection of essays and ideas from individuals who have showcased their determinations in abolishing animal suffering, eliminate their exploitation, and reinstate the animals status quo. In relation to other movements that have succeeded in the past, Reagan links animal rights with movements such as antislavery, gay-lesbian, and feminism.
Reagan also addresses how human beings are entitled to the moral status and are subject to life. In this light, he chips in to bring the animals into the same context citing their value and need for respect.
4) The Animal Rights Debate
In this book, Reagan questions on whether all animals have rights. He argues that most of the animals do not live in accordance to the animal rights. Reagan questions the ethicality in the usage of mice and dogs in the medical research and the use of rabbit, goats, and cattle for food.
Through using the animals in various purposes, Tom Reagan, among other philosophers, feels that human beings are not morally justified. Through these acts, humans overlook on the rights of the animals which have been put in place to protect them from mistreatment and disrespect.
Tom Reagan devoted all his life to learning and writing about animals and their moral rights. Together with his wife, Nancy, Reagan led as the co-founder and co-president of Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF). CAF is a nonprofit organization aiming at bringing together individuals with positive concern for the well-being of the animals.