Tom Regan – Empty Cages

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Tom Regan – Empty Cages - 19 Mar 2006

Yesterday, in anticipation of the celebration of Meatout (March 20), Frank and I spent a wonderful evening in Rhinebeck, New York. There, along with a large number of attendees, we enjoyed a delicious vegan potluck dinner. We were delighted to see so many friends, many of them newcomers to this annual event sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society: http://all-creatures.org/mhvs/index.html 

The highlight of the evening was the talk given by this year’s guest speaker Tom Regan, author of the book Empty Cages and cofounder with his wife, Nancy, of The Culture & Animals Foundation: www.cultureandanimals.org 

We had previously read and written a review of Empty Cages, a book aptly dedicated “To Muddlers, everywhere.” By Tom Regan’s definition, Muddlers are people who by “Whatever the path taken, and however long it takes…grow into animal consciousness step by step, little by little.” So, the term “Muddlers” describes many in the animal advocacy movement, including Frank and me. As the saying goes, “Better late than never!” Right?

We wholeheartedly agree with Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s Foreword to Empty Cages by Tom Regan: “The book you are holding in your hands is, in my estimation, the single best introduction to the topic of animal rights ever written.” http://all-creatures.org/book/r-empty.html 
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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