PETA Founder to Hold Open Forum at Harvard Law School

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

For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Boston – PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s passion for defending animals has led 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 Thursday, she’ll discuss humanity’s relationship with animals—including the food on people’s plates and other important topics—in a special address at Harvard Law School titled, “Animal Rights, Human Obligations.” The free event, which is being presented by the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund 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 lunch.

When:             Thursday, February 26, 12–1 p.m.

Where:           Wasserstein Hall, Rm. B015, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

“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 Massachusetts. Last month, PETA recognized the East Bridgewater Fire Department for rescuing a dog from an icy river. Last year, Cambridge biotech startup Emulate, Inc., was named PETA’s 2014 Company of the Year, and PETA named an 8-year-old Somerset resident the Cutest Vegan Kid for 2014. PETA has also asked the city of Westminster to ban hot dogs along with tobacco products, 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