PETA Statement: Lawmaker’s Bill Will Ultimately Fail as Society Evolves

For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Jefferson City, Mo. – On Monday, Missouri’s House of Representatives will hear a bill introduced by Rep. John Black, seeking to enshrine a right to hunt and fish in the state constitution. Black has said that PETA’s work is one reason—perhaps the main reason—he has done this. Please see the following statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk:

This chest-beating exercise from Rep. John Black is neither here nor there when PETA knows that society will eventually completely turn its back on those who take enjoyment from tormenting and killing animals and will condemn those who cling to such atrocities.

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.

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and provides the public with information on these issues. The group does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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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