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

Bill Maher's Favorite 'Radical at Large' Will Answer Questions About Animal Rights in Minneapolis Address

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Minneapolis, Minn. – 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 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 May 3 at the University of Minnesota, 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 part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth national tour, will include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience.

When:             Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Where:           The McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E. (on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus), Minneapolis

“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 Minneapolis. Among other efforts, the group dispatched a pair of “Lettuce Ladies” who braved the Minnesota cold in little more than strategically placed lettuce leaves to promote healthy vegan food, recognized the home of the Minnesota Vikings for its vegan-friendly concessions, presented a Heroic Dog Award to a pup who alerted a mother to her young son’s dangerously low blood sugar levels, and enlisted Cloris Leachman to oppose Minnesota’s “ag-gag” bill, which would have made eyewitness investigations of the animal-agriculture industry illegal.

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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