CAGES: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights is
a non threatening, courteous but uncompromising book that explains
animal rights to ordinary Americans and invites them to join in
the struggle for animal liberation.
Regan's journey from butcher to animal rights advocate is a common
thread used throughout the larger narrative. For example, it helps
explain who animal rights activists (ARAs) are (we’re not
a motley crew of misanthropic social misfits hell bent on terrorizing
the local furrier), how different people become ARAs (there’s
no one-size-fits-all answer), what we believe, why we believe
it, and how (when given the opportunity) we can defend our convictions
against the most challenging objections.
role the media plays in misinforming the public about ARAs is
explained as is the power exercised by the major animal user industries.
Roughly speaking, the public has a negative image of ARAs because
this is the picture presented by the media, and the media presents
this picture because this is the one that serves the interests
of the major animal user industries—who just happen to pay
a lot of advertising dollars, for example.
CAGES unmasks the rhetoric of these industries and shows why what
their spokespersons say about their treatment of animals (these
industries treat animals “humanely”) is not sometimes
false. It is always false. The book helps readers understand why
these spokespersons should never be trusted.
CAGES takes the reader inside fur mills, the leather industry,
factory farms, and the slaughterhouse, among other places. What
we find is not pretty. What we find is truth. And the truth is
anything but “humane.” The public will never demand
change in how animals are treated if they do not know how animals
are treated. EMPTY CAGES provides readers with the necessary knowledge,
far surpassing any other book on the market in the depth and breadth
of its coverage.
animal rights movement is not going anywhere (except backwards)
if too few people want to make its goals a reality. Among the
major impediments to real progress is the behavior of ARAs. Paradoxically,
we can be the animals’ worst enemy. Sometimes we are self-righteous.
At other times we get so caught-up in staging outrageous or tasteless
media opportunities that we give animal rights a bad name. These
and other “turn-offs” (including vandalism and other
forms of violence) are explored. Readers are encouraged not to
generalize on the basis of the behavior of a few. Not all ARAs
engage in violence, for example, just because a small handful
CAGES is written in a relaxed, conversational style. Although
the topic is serious, humor finds a place. Above all, it tells
a story filled with faith and hope: faith in the goodness of humanity,
hope for a better future for the animals.
foreword, a sample chapter, the contents, and reviews of the book
may be accessed from the links below.
few years ago, the Home Box Office network aired a program entitled
“To Love or Kill: Man vs. Animals.” It told a fascinating
and, at the same time, a disturbing story about how different cultures
treat the same animals differently. One especially chilling segment
took viewers out to dinner in a small Chinese village. You know
how, in some American restaurants, patrons get to choose from among
live lobsters or live fish? MORE
book you are holding in your hands is, in my estimation, the single
best introduction to the topic of animal rights ever written. Nobody
has done more to articulate what “animal rights” means
and should mean than Tom Regan. Universally recognized for decades
as the leading philosophical spokesperson of the animal rights movement,
Tom Regan’s views have always been radical, in the original
sense of that word, going to the root. MORE
an overview of the chapters and other sections of Empty Cages,
please visit Contents.
One: Who Are You Animal Rights Activists Anyway?
animals have rights? Different people give different answers. Sometimes
people give different answers because of a disagreement about the
facts. For example, some people believe cats and dogs, chickens
and hogs do not feel anything; others believe they do. Sometimes
different answers are given because of a disagreement over values.
For example, some people believe animals have no value apart from
human interests; others believe the opposite. MORE
Leading advocates in the struggle for animal rights
share their views about Tom Regan's groundbreaking book, Empty
Cages. Read what Paul Watson, Jane Goodall, Jeffrey Masson,
Kim Stallwood, and others have to say about this landmark publication.
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