‘We believe the law is essential to strengthen respect for animal interests and oppose their cruel and exploitative use,’ says Dr. Gieri Bolliger, executive director of TIR.
At the heart of TIR’s work is its unique and extensive library. The repository represents a wealth of scholarly examination of social change concerning the treatment of animals. TIR and its library serve the needs of the public, students, scholars, media professionals, elected representatives, law enforcement, and the judiciary. More than 20,000 books, articles, and films on animals in law, ethics, and society are currently accessible and retrievable by searching bibliographic data in the TIR database. All listed works can be consulted at the TIR office. Workstations with Wi-Fi are available.
Now TIR is breaking new ground. Together with the renowned British author, activist, and scholar Kim Stallwood, it is expanding its library further and implementing a program to make its collection accessible to an international audience.
Kim Stallwood is one of the pioneers of the most recent historical development: the animal rights movement. Back in the 1970s, after working in a chicken slaughterhouse, he gave up animal products to become a vegan. This was at a time when a purely plant-based lifestyle was neither trendy nor widely understood. Stallwood spent the next 45 years studying the full range of human-animal relations, serving in advisory and leadership positions in various international animal welfare and animal rights organizations (such as Compassion in World Farming) and working with philosophers (Tom Regan), feminists (Carol J. Adams), artists (Sue Coe), musicians (Paul McCartney), and others. Queen guitarist Brian May wrote the foreword to Stallwood’s book Growl:
Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate
(Lantern Books, 2014).
The British Library, the National Library
of the United Kingdom, recognized Stallwood in 2020 as an important
contemporary figure by establishing The Kim Stallwood Archive, which
consists exclusively of personal research material.