Roger A. Caras

US photographer, motion-picture executive, broadcaster and author (1928-2001)

Roger Andrew Caras (May 28, 1928February 18, 2001) was an American wildlife photographer, writer, wildlife preservationist and television personality.


  • I believe that animals have rights which, although different from our own, are just as inalienable. I believe animals have the right not to have pain, fear or physical deprivation inflicted upon them by us. Even if they are on the way to the slaughterhouse, animals have the right to food and water and shelter if it is needed. They have the right not to be brutalized in any way as food resources, for entertainment or any other purpose. … Finding a substitute for animals in research has only recently become an imperative in the scientific community. … One day animals will not be used in the laboratory. How soon that day comes depends on how soon people stop screaming and make the search for alternatives a major research imperative. As long as conferences on the subject sound like feeding time in the monkey house, monkeys along with millions of other animals are going to stay right where they are now — in the laboratory.
    • "We Must Find Alternatives to Animals in Research," in Newsweek (26 December 1988)
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