What We Stand For and What We Do

The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) provides annual grants to scholars and artists using their intellect, creativity, and compassion to build a deeper understanding of human–animal relationships and a greater respect for animal rights. With CAF’s support, grantees are able to produce art and academic content that affects audiences’ views on animal rights, which in turn furthers animal rights advocacy. CAF also hosts the Annual Tom Regan Memorial Lecture, sponsors the Tom Regan Visiting Research Fellowship at North Carolina State University, and has hosted a festival of arts and scholarship.

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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