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Mourning the Loss of Tom Regan

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Tom Regan: November 28, 1938 – February 17, 2017

Born in November 1938, Tom Regan was one of the most influential members of the animal rights movement. Considered a pioneer of the movement, his 1983 work The Case for Animal Rights continues to have an impact on those within and outside the community. A former butcher, the American Philosopher became vegan and fought not for the welfare of animals who would be slaughtered, but for the rights which they are due by virtue merely of existence. His work played a defining role in setting the bar for the considerations we must give nonhuman animals. He laid before readers new arguments regarding the inherent worth of all animals, regardless of their benefit to humans.

Regan died due to complications from pneumonia on Friday, February 17, 2017.

A professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, Regan was one of the rare philosophers whose work had import and influence outside academia. Though he wrote many books and papers, The Case for Animal Rights remains his most notable work. It has been translated to multiple languages and continues to push conversations about nonhuman animals and their place on the planet.

Through books, papers, speeches, and other activism, Regan was an outspoken animal rights activist even after his retirement in 2001. Our hearts and thoughts are with Regan’s friends and family now and always. We will do our best to promote his ideals and extend respect and compassion to all living beings.

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  1. Colleen Geno says:

    I am very grateful for Mr.Tom Regan, and all he did for our animals everywhere! It takes a very strong and compassionate person to keep fighting the good fight for the animals in this world! Like him, there are many people who have the same need to help our animals from the humans that are… well, too human. The ones who have no respect for animals, the ones who hurt and destroy the quality for animal lives. I can only speak for myself, but I just wouldn’t want to be on this earth if there were no other animals besides humans here. Animals and love are what makes the world go ’round!!

    • Deborah Reek says:

      Colleen – You most definitely speak for me too, although I would not be able to relay my message as eloquently as did you. My heart breaks for all those animals who suffer so severely at the hands of cruel hearts and no souls. I, too, mourn the loss of Mr. Regan. An untimely death, he had still so much to do and say for all those that so many love.

      Be well, Tom Regan – you can now frolic with your friends who did not survive the tortures you wrote and care for so much.

  2. Jennifer strumpfer says:

    I would like to say thank you all so much for caring and taking care of animals it’s so amazing to see how much love people has for all animals I love all kinds of animals my heart goes out you your company for the loss of Tom Reagan this is my first time here Tom will always be missed he was an amazing wonderful person and he will always be in our hearts and in all the animals hearts to god bless him and you all have a great day thank you

  3. MARCELLA says:

    I dont know Tom an just learned about him here. I am an animal activist . I just landed on this page a to read about who he was and what he accomplished in his lifetime to bring awareness of animals rights is a true gift for the animals on this earth. Hopefully all those that know him will continue on his work on this planet. And yes without animals passing on the message of love to humans and curiosity about why their here. To Protect them not destroy and bring them to extinction. I wrote a song that mentions the animals and the violence of this earth were in now http://www.jango.com/stations/387009933/tunein
    Rest in Peace TOM may your work live on in others to solve these challenges.