For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2016
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
When: Saturday, October 8, 2 p.m.
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., Houston
In the 36 years since Newkirk cofounded PETA—whose motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—the organization has grown to more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. Newkirk’s novel ways of defending animals—such as taking over a fur designer’s office or lying naked in a coffin in New York’s Times Square—have led to groundbreaking victories, from the first arrest in U.S. history of an animal experimenter on cruelty charges to Ringling Bros. circus’s recent decision to end all elephant acts.
“A hen in an egg-factory cage, an elephant in a circus boxcar, and a monkey in laboratory restraints have no recourse but to rely on compassionate people to speak up,” says Newkirk. “PETA is here to share how sticking our necks out for animals can change the world.”