Bill Maher’s Favorite ‘Radical at Large’ to Answer Audience Questions About Animal Rights
For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2013
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Boston – 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 October 6, 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 as fellow citizens worthy of respect—in a special address at Lesley University. The event, part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth speaking engagements across the country, will also include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.
When: Sunday, October 6, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Lesley University, University Hall Amphitheater, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
“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 Boston. Among other efforts, the group has protested against Charles River Laboratories’ and Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center’s histories of animal welfare violations, named Gillette Stadium number two in our ranking of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly NFL stadiums in the country, and honored Boston Logan International Airport for banning glue traps.