Media Invite: PETA President to Spark Activism Over Everything Animal—From Pelts to ‘Pets’

Bill Maher's Favorite 'Radical at Large' Will Explain Philosophy, Answer Questions About Animal Rights at Aon Center Event

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Chicago – PETA President Ingrid E. 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 26 at The Mid-America Club, she’ll deliver a talk designed to persuade people to view all animals as fellow travelers through life who are worthy of respect. The event, part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth international tour, will include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.

When:   Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m.

Where:  The Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph Dr., 80th Fl. (in the Aon Center), Chicago

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

Newkirk and PETA are no strangers to Chicago. Among other efforts, the group bought stock in Chicago-based Groupon with the intention of introducing shareholder resolutions seeking an end to the company’s circus promotions, honored BMO Financial for banning cruel glue traps, dispatched a pair of sexy “pilgrims” to give away free Tofurkys for Thanksgiving, and ranked the city among the top five vegan-friendly U.S. cities last year.

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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