Philosopher Tom Regan, animal rights author, dies at 78

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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 7:56 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tom Regan, the author of a noted book on animal rights and a professor emeritus of philosophy at NC State University, has died.

Marion Cox Bolz, a spokesperson for the family, said Regan died Friday after a bout of pneumonia at his North Carolina home. Regan was 78.

Regan is known for "The Case for Animal Rights," which is described on the web page as stating non-human animals bear moral rights. He wrote that a crucial attribute that all humans have in common, he argues, is not rationality, but the fact that each of us has a life that matters to us.

Regan is survived by his wife Nancy, son Bryan and daughter Karen and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.