Finding the ‘Animal Rights Person’ in All of Us

Published by PETA.

Each of us is inherently an “animal rights person” to some degree, whether we realize it or not. Take the recent case of the Charleston, West Virginia, Daily Mail blogger who wrote about having a mouse in her house. In the post, she wrote, “Please don’t email me PETA.” We did one better—we sent her a humane mousetrap and then she contacted us to learn more about it. A week later, she wrote this in her blog:

“So I thought I’d do a little research on the humane mousetrap and have a chat with PETA, after all they were kind enough to send it to me, to help with my ‘uninvited’ guest. At first, I was a little wary. I mean this is the group that files lawsuits on behalf of orcas, and well, there’s nothing I like better than a … steak. But we may have found common ground on the mousetrap.”
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Whether or not people support all of PETA’s campaigns, most everyone can agree on the basic principle that cruelty to animals is wrong. Even if our friends and family aren’t yet convinced that they should part ways with meat, perhaps they do agree that dogs deserve better than spending their lives on a chain or that baby elephants shouldn’t be beaten by circus trainers.

When we work to find that common ground, animals win. And who knows, maybe today’s humane-mousetrap user is PETA’s next Person of the Year

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind