Nonviolence Includes Animals (VIDEO)

When PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk addressed the International Nonviolence Conference in Bethlehem, it was the first time that nonviolence toward animals had been formally included in what has always been a “humans-only” conference agenda.

Newkirk asked people to open their minds to the idea that the way we treat animals is a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a society. Are we able to grasp the most basic problems facing us as we attempt to resolve conflict? Facing our lack of empathy toward others who are not like us is an interesting exercise that requires us to confront our most ingrained prejudices—even as we challenge others to confront theirs.

Don’t miss this historic speech—now made into a video!

Don’t stop here. Share this video on Facebook to help the world understand that, as Ingrid says, “[w]hen it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.”

Helping to change the thoughts of even one person makes a huge difference for animals.

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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