PETA Founder to Hold Open Forum at Penn State University

People With All Viewpoints Encouraged to Attend as Ingrid E. Newkirk Fields Audience Questions About Animal Rights, Human Obligations

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

State College, Penn. – PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s passion for defending animals has prompted her to spend time in a Pennsylvania prison for disrupting pigeon shoots, take over a fur designer’s office, pull a horse carriage through the streets of Mumbai, lie naked in a coffin in New York’s Times Square, and more. And on Wednesday, she’ll discuss humanity’s relationship with animals—from the food on our plates and beyond—in a special address at Penn State University titled, “Animal Rights, Human Obligations.” The free event, which is being presented by the Penn State Vegetarian Club and is open to the public, will also include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience as well as a reception with vegan hors d’œuvres.

When:   Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m.

Where:  Walker Building, Rm. 112, Penn State University, State College

“Everyone from skateboarders 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 says. “From the clothes we wear to the cosmetics we buy, there is so much that kind people can do in every facet of their lives to spare animals immense suffering.”

Newkirk and PETA are no strangers to Pennsylvania. Last year, with help from Republican strategist Mary Matalin and lifelong republican Bob Barker, PETA helped defeat a GOP-sponsored “ag-gag” bill, which would have criminalized the undercover documentation of cruelty to animals on factory farms in the state. In recent years, PETA has also brought a pair of bikini-clad “Lettuce Ladies” to Harrisburg to promote healthy vegan eating, asked the 18-year-old hunter who was mauled by a bear during a hunting trip to hang up her rifle, and suggested that the official state food be tofu, in honor of tofu-loving founding father Benjamin Franklin.

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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