PETA Remembers Desmond Tutu’s Inspiring Stance on Animal Rights

For Immediate Release:
December 26, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Johannesburg – Below, please find a statement on the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk:

PETA will remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his fight against all forms of oppression, including that of other animals. As he wrote, “I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable. … Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.” We can honor his legacy of wisdom, courage, and all-encompassing mercy and understanding by speaking up for animals, too.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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