Media Invitation: PETA President to Talk Everything Animal—From Pelts to Pets

Bill Maher's Favorite 'Radical at Large' Will Answer Questions About Animal Rights in Scottsdale Address

For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2015

Contact:
Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Phoenix – PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s novel ways to defend animals—including 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, and lying naked in a coffin in New York’s Times Square—have all been for a good cause: to stop the needless suffering of animals and help people “make kind choices,” a PETA tenet and the subject of one of her books. And on June 6 at the Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center, she’ll deliver a talk designed to help people understand PETA’s motto: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” The event, which is part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth national tour, will include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.

When:             Saturday, June 6, 2 p.m.

Where:           Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center, 6610 N. Scottsdale Rd. (west of Scottsdale Road, off of Rose Lane), Scottsdale

“Everyone from schoolkids to former President Bill Clinton is going vegan,” Newkirk says, “but there’s a breadth and depth to animal rights and PETA that’s still mysterious to many people, something I hope to shed lots of light on.”

Newkirk and PETA are no strangers to Phoenix. Among other efforts, the group organized a nude “bare skin, don’t wear skin” demonstration in the middle of winter, placed a controversial Thanksgiving billboard that urged kids to celebrate the holiday without eating turkey, named the meat-free Spicy Buffalo “Wings” from Phoenix’s Green New American Vegetarian among its Top 10 Vegan Wings in the U.S., and enlisted Republican strategist Mary Matalin in a bipartisan effort to defeat Arizona’s “ag-gag” bill, which would have made eyewitness investigations of the animal-agriculture industry illegal.

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“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