Ingrid Newkirk

                                            Presenting a toy to Henry

                                            Presenting a toy to Henry

Ingrid Newkirk founded the nation's largest animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in 1980. As PETA's website describes, the organization "...operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment," educating policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promoting kind treatment of animals.

Henry and I met Ingrid at PETA's Washington DC office, and she arrived with a handmade toy and treats for Henry, who took right to the treats and bounded around with his new friend. 

Our conversation ranged from Ingrid's path to advocating for animals to the policies and perspectives she encounters that sustain animal use and the reasons she persists in her efforts despite the opposition and exposure to animal suffering her work requires. In addition to running PETA Ingrid is the author of numerous books, and a frequent speaker on promoting animal rights and protections around the world.

Interview Excerpts

Introduction and What Ingrid Does

A Path to Seeing the Intrinsic Value of All Beings

The "Undeclared War" On Animals

The Impact of Animal Agriculture on the Environment

Considering a Vegan Diet

Using Animals In Entertainment

When Religion Influences Choices Around Using Animals

Why Do Kind People Support Harming Animals?

Moments Of Truth That Influenced Ingrid's Path

What Is Meant By "Animal Rights"?

Are There Humane Ways to Use Animals?

The Principles of Overcoming Prejudice and Speciesism

Empowering Consumer Choices

Surprising Stories of Change

Hunting as Conservation

Choosing to Eat Animals Because Other Animals Eat Animals

Obstacles to Social Change