What We Stand For

By providing annual grants to scholars and artists, the Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) aims to appeal to individual intellect, creativity, and compassion, and build a deeper understanding of human–animal relationships and a greater respect for animal rights.

Our work stems from the scholarship, passion, and commitment of renowned philosopher Tom Regan (1938–2017), who with his wife, Nancy, created CAF in 1985. You can read about the history of our organization, learn about the life and work of Tom Regan, and meet our current and former grantees.

About the Illustration

Folk artist Jacob Knight created this celebration for the animals at the request of the Cartin Foundation, which subsequently gifted the painting to CAF. “On an elephant sits a man (Tom Regan),” the painter writes, “looking at the moon with a spyglass, and the moon looks down and sees all.”

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