Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk is president and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the author of a new book, The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Her other books include One Can Make A Difference, Making Kind Choices, PETA’s Celebrity Cookbook, Let's Have a Dog Party!, 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, and her “cheap airport novel,” Free the Animals!

Ms. Newkirk began her work against cruelty to animals as a Maryland state law enforcement officer and was director of cruelty investigations for the Washington Humane Society/SPCA. Since starting PETA in 1980, she has coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a scientist on cruelty to animals charges, helped pass into law the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan, and achieved the passage of legislation to create the first spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C. She spearheaded the closure of Department of Defense underground “wound laboratory,” and has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors’ crash tests on animals.

Her work has made the front pages of The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She is a former Washingtonian of the Year and has been featured for her work for animals in The New Yorker, Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, the Financial Times, and numerous other publications. She has appeared on television shows all over the world, including Australia's 60 Minutes. She is the subject of a BBC special and the HBO documentary I Am an Animal, which is now available on DVD on demand.

Her will instructs that her body parts be used for political purposes after her demise. When it comes to cruelty, she is considered quite a nag.

You can visit PETA’s Web site at

Entries by Ingrid Newkirk

Grand National Disgrace

(19) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (00:00)

It's unthinkable that a number of runners in the London Marathon would be expected to break their legs and necks and that some would die. How then, in 2014, is anyone still watching - much less betting on - the hapless individuals who will crash face first into the ground,...

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Why Lab-Grown Meat Is the Future of Food

(153) Comments | Posted 2 August 2013 | (00:00)

On 5 August, a select group of scientists, members of the media and gastronomes will be invited to try their first taste of in vitro meat at a ceremony in London. Dr Mark Post, a bio-scientist from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, will host this taste-testing event that...

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Pigeon Racing: Finishing Dead Last

(33) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (00:00)

It may seem benign, but don't believe it. Pigeon racing is a deadly 'sporting' hobby in Britain, a way to have a flutter or win a modest purse, while in many other countries it is an industry. PETA affiliates recently released the findings of undercover investigations in both...

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A Royal Disappointment: William and Harry's 'Secret' Hunting Trip

(503) Comments | Posted 19 January 2012 | (23:00)

The young royals are a delight to behold - such good ambassadors for the United Kingdom with their gleaming white smiles, perfect posture and impeccably tailored clothes. But, like a horror film in which the beguiling love interest strips off his mask to reveal an alien monster's face beneath, the...

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