Statement on President Obama’s Speech on Gun Safety from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk

For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk released the following statement on President Obama’s Speech on Gun Safety:

“After reading President Obama’s quote that ‘If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure they can’t pull the trigger on a gun,’ we remind everyone that an inconvenient truth is that nearly all school shooters started hunting while young and that virtually all serial killers have had a history of cruelty to animals. Gun violence, like war, does not just involve human beings but also animals, who can’t defend themselves against human folly and power, so PETA must. We urge citizens to post their lands against hunting, to object to deer killings in neighborhoods, and to rally to stop the government’s programs to encourage children to hunt.”

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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