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An Unnatural Order

In 1993, when Simon & Schuster published the first edition of this book, the world in many ways was very different. The Berlin Wall had only just fallen; the Soviet Union had collapsed, leaving the United States as the sole...
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Full Circles

Essay by Laura Moretti, Founder and Editor, The Animals Voice Magazine I began my activism for animals on the dirt roads of La Paz, Bolivia, when I was 10 years old. I did that by liberating animals from slaughter, by...
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Autumn Calls

Chipmunks scurry and squirrels search While birds dive and flutter Autumn calls to me To hurry and enjoy The scampering of animals To feed them and watch them For soon they will be gone Sunbeams so warm and breezes so...
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Rescuing the overlooked

Profile by Susan Barzallo Friends of Philip Fish Sanctuary, located in Santa Rosa, California, is run by Gwendolyn Church and her partner, Leland Peterman. Like so many of us, Gwendolyn grew up with bettas in bowls and tiny tanks, thinking...
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Tom Regan and Laura Moretti meet for the first time, January 16, 1987

The award-winning Animals Voice is the premiere online resource for helping animals. Along with our two dozen satellite sites and our magazine, we are the leading independent networking source of timely and broad-scale information about animal defense—and an incalculable volume of resources for animals and their defenders. We feature the latest animal rights news, recent media coverage, multimedia, calendar of events, victories, thought-provoking and inspirational editorial, graphic and compelling photography, and in-depth investigative reports. There isn’t anything else like us online or in print.

In a nutshell, Laura Moretti began producing The Animals Voice Magazine until she could no longer financially support it. Enter Tom Regan. After learning of the magazine’s situation, he put Laura in touch with independent businessman Gil Michaels—and it was a match made in Heaven.

As our Founder and Executive Editor Laura Moretti remembers it:

I first discovered Tom’s work when I was just out of high school, in a book titled, Animal Rights and Human Obligations, one he co-edited with Peter Singer. It was such a rare find that I checked it out of the library for weeks at a time just so I could carry it around with me and know there was another animal rights activist somewhere on planet Earth. The book became my companion, a conduit to my sanity—because, you see, in 1977, there wasn’t any such thing as an animal rights activist, to speak of, let alone an animal rights movement.

And suffice it to say, the town I was living in was a long way from progressive thinking, even for three decades ago. So it was quite unbelievable, I must admit, when the California State University, Chico, faculty invited Tom Regan to visit its campus in the spring of 1987, some ten years after I’d first discovered that such a man even existed—though better late than never, I say.

The year before Tom’s arrival, I’d begun production on a little—and little-known—newsletter I called The Animals Voice. Combining my skills in graphic design with my passion for animal defense, I did all I knew to help animals: educate others about their plight in human hands and rely on the human heart to do the rest.

Tom was kind enough to give me an interview; The Animals Voice was no booming publication, and the article was a short piece on civil disobedience. But I scraped up enough dollars to have a few thousand printed, and somehow that put us on the map.

Tom then suggested that I contact Gil Michaels, an activist in Los Angeles who had the funding to produce the newsletter as a magazine, but I didn’t have the courage to make such a call. I was a nobody from a small town in northern California, doing all I knew to do for animals, and I couldn’t imagine being worthy of anyone else’s effort. But Tom had faith in me even if I didn’t, and he had Gil call me instead!

Before I knew it, I was relocated to the big city of Los Angeles and, soon after, was producing an award-winning, internationally distributed, all-color animal rights magazine, and it was full steam ahead.

Because Tom Regan would never have told you this, I will: There wouldn’t be an Animals Voice without him. In any of its incarnations.

So, here’s to you, Tom. You will always be remembered. Forever. Plus one day.

Gil Michaels made news when he published
The Animals Voice Magazine internationally

The award-winning Animals Voice is the premiere online resource for helping animals. Along with our two dozen satellite sites and our magazine, we are the leading independent networking source of timely and broad-scale information about animal defense—and an incalculable volume of resources for animals and their defenders. We feature the latest animal rights news, recent media coverage, multimedia, calendar of events, victories, thought-provoking and inspirational editorial, graphic and compelling photography, and in-depth investigative reports. There isn’t anything else like us online or in print.

In a nutshell, Laura Moretti began producing The Animals Voice Magazine until she could no longer financially support it. Enter Tom Regan. After learning of the magazine’s situation, he put Laura in touch with independent businessman Gil Michaels—and it was a match made in Heaven.

Tom Regan and Laura Moretti meet
for the first time, January 16, 1987

As our Founder and Executive Editor Laura Moretti remembers it:

I first discovered Tom’s work when I was just out of high school, in a book titled, Animal Rights and Human Obligations, one he co-edited with Peter Singer. It was such a rare find that I checked it out of the library for weeks at a time just so I could carry it around with me and know there was another animal rights activist somewhere on planet Earth. The book became my companion, a conduit to my sanity—because, you see, in 1977, there wasn’t any such thing as an animal rights activist, to speak of, let alone an animal rights movement.

And suffice it to say, the town I was living in was a long way from progressive thinking, even for three decades ago. So it was quite unbelievable, I must admit, when the California State University, Chico, faculty invited Tom Regan to visit its campus in the spring of 1987, some ten years after I’d first discovered that such a man even existed—though better late than never, I say.

The year before Tom’s arrival, I’d begun production on a little—and little-known—newsletter I called The Animals Voice. Combining my skills in graphic design with my passion for animal defense, I did all I knew to help animals: educate others about their plight in human hands and rely on the human heart to do the rest.

Tom was kind enough to give me an interview; The Animals Voice was no booming publication, and the article was a short piece on civil disobedience. But I scraped up enough dollars to have a few thousand printed, and somehow that put us on the map.

Tom then suggested that I contact Gil Michaels, an activist in Los Angeles who had the funding to produce the newsletter as a magazine, but I didn’t have the courage to make such a call. I was a nobody from a small town in northern California, doing all I knew to do for animals, and I couldn’t imagine being worthy of anyone else’s effort. But Tom had faith in me even if I didn’t, and he had Gil call me instead!

Before I knew it, I was relocated to the big city of Los Angeles and, soon after, was producing an award-winning, internationally distributed, all-color animal rights magazine, and it was full steam ahead.

Because Tom Regan would never have told you this, I will: There wouldn’t be an Animals Voice without him. In any of its incarnations.

So, here’s to you, Tom. You will always be remembered. Forever. Plus one day.

Gil Michaels made news when he published
The Animals Voice Magazine internationally

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

An Unnatural Order

In 1993, when Simon & Schuster published the first edition of this book, the world in many ways was very different. The Berlin Wall had only just fallen; the Soviet Union had collapsed, leaving the United States as the sole...
READ MORE

Full Circles

Essay by Laura Moretti, Founder and Editor, The Animals Voice Magazine I began my activism for animals on the dirt roads of La Paz, Bolivia, when I was 10 years old. I did that by liberating animals from slaughter, by...
READ MORE

Autumn Calls

Chipmunks scurry and squirrels search While birds dive and flutter Autumn calls to me To hurry and enjoy The scampering of animals To feed them and watch them For soon they will be gone Sunbeams so warm and breezes so...
READ MORE

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