Articles by Ingrid Newkirk

  • Mar
  • 31

To Honor the Legacy of César Chávez, Eat Your Veggies

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César Chávez is an American hero, and I had the honor of meeting him some 30 years ago, when PETA presented him with an award for recognizing that nonviolence begins with what we eat. A new Hollywood biopic about the celebrated labor leader opened on March 28 and people across the nation recognize March 31 as César Chávez …

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  • Feb
  • 12

Dogs are dogs, not dolls

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For the first time, dogs of diverse lineage had their day at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Perhaps prompted by the growing number of people who adopt lovable “Heinz 57s” instead of buying “purebreds,” Westminster allowed mutts to compete in its agility competition this year. It’s a nod to society’s newly raised consciousness about and appreciation …

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  • Jan
  • 16

Honor MLK by fighting all discrimination

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently made a compelling case for including animals on our moral radar. In the foreword to a new book about animal rights, he writes: “I have spent my life fighting discrimination and injustice, whether the victims are blacks, women, or gays and lesbians. … I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the …

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  • Sep
  • 11

Cats and Their Claws

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We cat lovers all have the same issue. What to do with our sweet little ones when they go on clawing around! We all know that declawing is a no-no, so what to do?

Here is an excerpt from my book Making Kind Choices , which discusses the issue.

Cats have to scratch as surely as birds gotta …

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  • Sep
  • 4

How ‘saving’ animals at all costs can be a dangerous proposition

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All across the country, people are hearing calls to raise the “save rate” at animal shelters. But beware: As warm and fuzzy as that sounds, a shelter’s high “save” rate does not reduce by one puppy or kitten the number of unwanted animals born every minute in private homes, in puppy mills, in breeders’ kennels and catteries, …

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  • Apr
  • 3

Pigeon Racing: Finishing Dead Last

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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 the US and the UK , during which investigators documented massive casualties and disappearances …

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  • Dec
  • 27

Easy, Useful, and Doable: My New Year’s Resolution

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Ordinarily, resolutions are far too ambitious. I mean, isn’t it pretty unreasonable to give up chocolate, especially the kind with hazelnuts in it? And if you buy an exercise bike, chances are, before long, it’s going to end up as a place to hang your laundry when the dryer is broken, or it’ll be posted on Craigslist.

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