PETA Founder’s ‘Naked Truth’ U.S. Tour to Hit Seattle

Bill Maher's Favorite 'Radical at Large' Will Answer Audience Questions About Animal Rights

For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Seattle – PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s novel ways to defend animals command attention, whether that means spending time in a Pennsylvania prison for disrupting a pigeon shoot, taking over a fur designer’s office, pulling a horse carriage through the streets of Mumbai, or lying naked in a coffin in New York’s Times Square. And on April 17, just days before the start of the World Week for Animals in Laboratories, she’ll deliver the “naked truth” about the animal rights movement—and how it must reach beyond pelts and “pets” to persuade people to view all animals, including those used in laboratories, as fellow citizens worthy of respect—in a special address at the Town Hall at Eighth and Seneca. The event, part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth tour across the country, will also include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.

When:   Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Where:  Town Hall at Eighth and Seneca, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle

“Sometimes you have to titillate, shock, and annoy people in order to call attention to an emerging social issue, as even surprising facts are rarely enough to get people to change their habits,” Newkirk says. “Everyone from schoolkids to former President Bill Clinton is going vegan, but there’s a breadth and depth to animal rights that is still mysterious to many people.”

Newkirk and PETA are no strangers to Seattle. Among other efforts, the group has teamed up with the Legends Football League’s Seattle Mist for a “Tackle Cruelty: Bench Fur” demonstration, designated the city the number-six spot on PETA’s list of the top 10 vegan-friendly U.S. cities, and protested against cruel experiments on rats, dogs, and monkeys at the University of Washington.

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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