For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2016
Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding PETA’s new video in which women explain what rape feels like for animals in the food industry:
We are talking about rape: It is rape when someone sticks their hand into a vagina or rectum without permission. That’s the dictionary definition of rape. We believe that everyone should see the reality of dairy, meat, and turkey production and then, unless they’re ethically blind, they will be appalled. Every decent person abhors and denounces sexual abuse of women but we cannot blithely accept the sexual abuse of other females who happen not to be human but have the same vulnerability to pain. We can’t fill our mouth full of steak, turkey or cheese knowing that mother cows are routinely sexually abused and that their calves—their beloved offspring—are taken from them shortly after birth. Any woman (or man!) with a heart should scream bloody murder on behalf of the animals who can’t scream it themselves.
Kindness is a virtue, empathy is something we have to have, it can’t be all about me, me, me, my species, my gender, my narrow group: we can’t be a knee-jerk nation, we have to care about all living beings or we’re nothing.