Oprah’s Best Animal-Friendly Episodes

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It’s official: Oprah will end her show in 2011. Feel that collective surge of sadness? We sure do. Oprah’s groundbreaking program has transcended the talk-show format and has paved the way for social and political change. In honor of PETA’s 2008 Person of the Year and her show’s long run, we’re revisiting Oprah’s best animal-friendly episodes:

  • Oprah’s week-long move from Chicago to Amarillo was the move followed ’round the world. She captivated millions with her court appearance to defend her 1995 episode that revealed the horrors of a beef industry rampant with mad cow disease.
  • Inspired by guest Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness, Oprah went vegan for three weeks and marveled, “I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying.”
  • Oprah dedicated an entire episode to exposing the stifling, crippling conditions of chickens, cows, and pigs on factory farms as Californians prepared to vote on Proposition 2. The measure passed by a large majority—in part thanks to her revealing show.
  • After Oprah saw a billboard off the Kennedy Expressway that read, “Oprah: Do a show on puppy mills. The dogs need you,” she immediately jumped at the opportunity to save lives. Just a few minutes of her horrifying exposé were enough to convince viewers that adopting from an animal shelter is the only way to go.
  • My food envy was raging when Chef Tal Ronnen cooked his “Chicken” Scallopini and other delectable vegan meals on a recent episode of the show.
  • When Charla Nash decided to show her face to the public for the first time earlier this month, it’s no surprise that she chose to do it on Oprah’s show.

The media mogul may be bidding farewell to her legendary talk show, but with the upcoming launch of her new cable network, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her for a long time to come.

Written by Logan Scherer

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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