Rest In Peace To Animal Rights Pioneer Tom Regan Who Has Passed Away At 78

Revered philosopher, professor and an original founder of the animal rights movement, Tom Regan, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, succumbing to pneumonia.

“It is with great sorrow that LCA announces the passing of one of the founders of the animal rights movement, and an extraordinarily brave, compassionate man: Tom Regan,” eulogized Chris DeRose, Founder and President of Last Chance for Animals who referred to Regan as a ‘longtime good friend’. “You were a true hero for animals. The world will never forget you.”

The author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated books including The Case for Animal Rights, for which he was perhaps best known, Regan was at the forefront of the fight for animal rights.

“Tom was among the first academics to acknowledge that, just like humans, animals have certain inalienable rights that should not be taken away, under any circumstances, including for human experimentation,” continued DeRose. “While others made excuses for the horrors of vivisection, Tom demanded change.”

In memorandum, DeRose also reflected on when, in 1988 following the organizations historic break-in at UCLA’s brain research lab to expose horrific experiments on cats, Tom served as keynote speaker at Last Chance for Animals’ World Day for Lab Animals. Taking place on the University campus, it was there that Tom pontificated, what many believe to be “the most powerful animal rights speech ever given,” titled The Sword of Justice, the Torch of Reason.

Powerful words from Regan’s renowned speech:

“To all you good, decent people currently in the vivisection industry, we issue this healing call: Lay down your weapons. Lay down your scalpels and prods. Lay down your Pavlovian slings and restraint chairs. Lay down your stereotaxic devices and your rodent guillotines. Lay down your wires that shock and plates that burn. Lay down your tanks that drown and chambers that deprive. Lay down your sutures that blind and vices that crush. Lay down these weapons of evil and join with us, you scientists who are brave enough and good enough to stand for what is just and true.”

Regan, who was an esteemed professor at Emeritus Of Philosophy at North Carolina State University before retiring in 2001, passed away at his home in North Carolina, according to family spokesperson Marion Cox Bolz.

May his incredible work on behalf of the voiceless live on, and may he forever rest in peace. God Bless!

Source: LCA, Associated Press

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