PETA President to Talk Everything Animal From—Pelts to ‘Pets’

Bill Maher's Favorite 'Radical at Large' Will Answer Questions About Animal Rights at George Washington University

For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

PETA President Ingrid 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-drawn 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 December 13 at George Washington University, she’ll deliver a talk designed to help people understand PETA’s motto: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” The event, which is the last stop on Newkirk’s Naked Truth international tour, will include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.

When:             Sunday, December 13, 2 p.m.

Where:           George Washington University’s Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 800 21st St. N.W. (between H and I streets N.W.), Washington

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

Newkirk and PETA are no strangers to the D.C. area. The group got its start with the historic Silver Spring monkeys case in 1981—and recently, PETA has mounted a high-profile campaign taking on the National Institutes of Health’s much-criticized maternal deprivation experiments on infant monkeys, filed a false-advertising complaint over Whole Foods’ “humane meat” claims, and called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the import of African hunting trophies after Cecil the lion’s death.

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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