PETA Founder to Hold Open Forum at Dartmouth College

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

For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Hanover, N.H. – PETA President Ingrid 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 in freezing weather, and more. And on Wednesday, she’ll discuss humanity’s relationship with animals—from the food on people’s plates and beyond—in a special address at Dartmouth College titled, “Animal Rights, Human Obligations.” The free event, which is being presented by the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group and is open to the public, will also include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience as well as a reception with a vegan dinner.

When              Wednesday, February 25, 6 p.m.

Where:           Carpenter Hall, Rm. 13, Dartmouth College, Hanover

“Everyone from athletes to former President Bill Clinton is going vegan, but there’s a breadth and depth to animal rights that’s 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 New Hampshire. Last year, PETA helped the state adopt a policy allowing students to opt out of animal dissection. Previously, the group recognized Newport firefighters for saving a family’s dog and cats from a house fire, offered to sponsor a New Hampshire highway rest stop in exchange for rights to post a pro-vegan message, and persuaded Merrimack-based Brookstone to stop selling harmful “Frog-O-Spheres” in its stores, among other efforts.

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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