Monday, March 14, 2011

Professor Tom Regan ARZone Interview

Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism

A message to all members of Animal Rights Zone

ARZone is proud to announce that Professor Tom Regan has agreed to answer questions submitted by ARZone members.

This event is not an ARZone Live Guest Chat, this is an interview which will be posted in ARZone in due course.

Professor Tom Regan is an American Philosopher who specialises in animal rights theory. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He received his M.A. in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1966. He taught philosophy at NC State University from 1967 until 2001. During his more than thirty years on the faculty, he received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, was named University Alumni Distinguished Professor, published hundreds of professional papers and more than twenty books, won major international awards for film writing and direction, and has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world. In 2000, he received the William Quarles Holliday Medal, the highest honor NC State University can bestow.

Friday, March 11, 2011


If all that was needed to convince people to stop eating animals was to expose them to the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses, every person who has ever seen a video on the meat industry would be a vegan. The dominant view of our culture is that humans are entitled to use nonhuman animals in service to our needs. The growing popularity of “humane meat” speaks to our movement’s success in exposing the horrors of the factory farm – and our utter failure to challenge the underlying idea that animals are ours to use for food. If we want to truly abolish the meat industry rather than simply generating business for “happy meat” mongers, we need to attack animal oppression at its foundation by challenging the premise that human interests take precedence over those of nonhuman animals and that animals exist for our use.

We need to challenge speciesism.

Interview with Gary Steiner Part 3 and Notes Notes on Heterophenomenology

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Part 2: Interview with Prof Gary Steiner on His Book Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents

Part 2 of a 3 Part series of interviews with John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University Gary Steiner on his book "Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals In the History of Western Philosophy ". This extensive interview covers the major players in the development of the our moral disposition and the way we view and, therefore, treat animals.

 Listen to Interview with Prof Steiner:  Part 2  >>

Monday, February 7, 2011

Interview with Professor Gary Steiner - Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals In the History of Western Philosophy

Radio Active Lunch

Radio Active Lunch, hosted by Adam Roufberg, broadcasts andstreams from Vassar College - WVKR  91.3 FM - in the Mid Hudson Valley on Wednesday from 12:00 - 2:00 PM and features live performances from local musicians and interviews on natural philosphy, survival, social/economic/cultural justice, and self-determination.

Written by Adam Roufberg   
Monday, 24 January 2011
I broadcast Part I of a 3 Part series of my interview with John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University Gary Steiner on his book "Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals In the History of Western Philosophy ". This extensive interview covers the major players in the development of the our moral disposition and the way we view and, therefore, treat animals.
This interview will lay the foundation for a series of interviews on human and other-than-human animal relations with the intent to increase interspecies understanding, cooperation and justice.

Listen to Interview with Prof Steiner:  Part 1  >>

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Animal Ethics from the Right #2 - Roger Scruton

British philosopher Roger Scruton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and is the author of books including The Meaning of Conservatism and A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism, among many others.

In his book Animal Rights and Wrongs, Scruton applies a fairly complex set of criterion to moral decisionmaking and consequently reaches uncommon conclusions.  He opposes zoos and factory farms and is skeptical of vivisection, yet has a somewhat mixed view of bullfighting, views hunting, particularly hunting with hounds, as favorable when conducted with the proper attitude, and staunchly defends the rearing and slaughter of animals for food outside of factory systems.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Animal Ethics from the Right - Matthew Scully

As stated previously, this blog seeks to showcase a diverse spectrum of views on ethical issues concerning nonhuman animals.  By posting articles on the blog, we are neither endorsing the views expressed in those articles nor are we endorsing the authors of those articles.  Many of the books in our book list, for example, are explicitly anti-animal liberation.   It is in this spirit that after presenting a series of posts on animal ethics from the left, we now post one from a conservative viewpoint. 

Matthew Scully, author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
is a  contributor and former editor at National Review, was special assistant and deputy director of speechwriting  President George W. Bush and has worked as a speechwriter for Sarah Palin.  You can read excerpts of the book here.

His article "Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism—for Animals" was the cover story in the May 23, 2005 issue of American Conservative.

Scully was interviewed by National Review Online on December 3, 2003 and partipated in an online chat on the Washington Post's website on August 25, 2004 (read transscript here).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sat, Jan 15: Live Chat with Animal Rights Ethicist David Sztybel

Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism

A message to all members of Animal Rights Zone

ARZone is pleased to announce Dr. David Sztybel Ph.D., as this week’s Live Chat Guest.
David is a Canadian ethicist who specialises in animal ethics. He has been an animal rights activist formore than 22 years.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Anarchists on Animal Liberation 3: Brian Dominick: Animal Liberation and Social Revolution

Veganarchy symbol; popularised by Brian A. Dominick's Animal Liberation and Social Revolution pamphlet in 1995. The front cover combined the 'V' from vegan with the anarchist 'A' symbol.[1]"
- from Wikipedia

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Anarchists on Animal Liberation 2: Percy Shelley: A Vindication of Natural Diet

Percy Bysse Shelley was at the heart of a family whose writings contributed mightily to the development of anarchism, animal liberation, and women's liberation.

Anarchists on Animal Liberation 1: Leo Tolstoy: The Immorality of Carnivorism (aka The First Step)

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is considered a seminal thinker of both Christian anarchism and anarcho-pacifism.  Tolstoy's ethic of Christian nonviolence extended to nonhuman animals.

“After completing his second masterpiece Anna Karenina in 1877, Tolstoy began a spiritual search that led him—by way of Hindu and Buddhist teachings on ahimsa—to a doctrine of Christian nonviolence based on the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Written in 1892, “The First Step” applies these teachings directly to animals by calling for a vegetarian diet that does not depend on violence and killing. Tolstoy’s claim that a vegetarian diet was “the first step” toward a moral life, which is to say a life of nonviolence, influenced the views of Mohandas Gandhi, with whom Tolstoy corresponded toward the end of his life."

- Norm Phelps, "The Animals’ Top Forty: the forty most important books (including several shorter works) in the history of animal advocacy"

Animal Liberation: Peter Singer's 1973 Review of Animals, Men, and Morals

"Animals, Men, and Morals was published in Britain in 1971.  My friends and I hoped it would trigger widespread public debate on these issues.  Instead, it was ignored.  Not a single major newspaper reviewed it.  They probably thought it was just another book on animal welfare, a topic of interest only to spinsters living with cats.  By 1973, my friends' book was heading for the remainder shelves in Britain.  The only spart of hope was than an American edition was about to appear.  To try to prevent it from meeting the fate of the British edition, I wrote to the most widely read intellectual journal of the day, the New York Review of Books, and offered them a review essay of the book. 

"Animal Liberation" appeared in the New York Review of Books on April 5, 1973.  In it, I summed up the ethical position for which I was arguing as follows" "If a being suffers, there can be no moral justification for refusing to take that suffering into consideration, and indeed, to count it equally with the like suffering (if rough comparisons can be made) of any other being."  Drawing on the essays in Animals, Men, and Morals, I then showed just how far from this position our practices of animal experimentation and factory farming are."

-- from Ethics into Action by Peter Singer:

Here is Dr. Singer's New York Review of Books article:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

MORALS, REASON AND ANIMALS Steve Sapontzis interviewed by Claudette Vaughan (Abolitionist Online)

"Steve Sapontzis is an academic who has made significant philosophical contributions in placing animals in an ethical framework. Sapontzis is the author of Morals, Reason, and Animals (1987) and editor of Food for Thought: the Debate Over Eating Meat (2004). Since 1984, he has been a co-editor of Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics. He was a member of the board of editorial advisors of the American Philosophical Quarterly, 1991-1994, and a member of the animal welfare research committee at Lawrence Berkeley (California) Laboratory, 1986-1990. He was also a grantee of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1976 and of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1988. His memberships include the American Philosophical Association, the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals (board of directors, 1984- ), the American Society for Value Inquiry, and the International Society for Environmental Ethics."

Full interview at

Eating Meat and Eating People by Cora Diamond

"This  paper is a response to a certain sort of argument defending the rights of animals. Part I is a brief explanation of the background and of the sort of argument  I  want  to  reject;  Part  II  is  an  attempt  to  characterize those arguments:  they  contain  fundamental  confusions  about  moral  relationsbetween people  and people and between people  and animals. And Part III is  an  indication  of  what  I  think  can  still  be  said  on-as it  were-the animals' side. "