President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
"Let me offer five good reasons to go vegetarian that are worth considering by every kind and just person: First, we share with all animals the ability to feel joy, love, pain, loneliness, and the desire to avoid harm, so let's relate to who is on our plate.
Second, if we find it horrifying to imagine stepping into a factory farm, separating a mother cow from her calf and slitting the infant's throat just so that we can experience the fleeting taste of a piece of meat, then we surely find something wrong with paying someone else - via our meat counter purchases - to do it for us.
Third, it is impossible to talk about justice, understanding, and multiculturalism and to object to violence, exploitation, oppression, discrimination, and supremacism without choking if we are still trying to find a way to justify stealing the very lives from other individuals we consider 'different.'
Fourth, meat is decomposing flesh from a body that was not given up without a struggle, fear, and suffering - unless we are eating roadkill from animals who died instantaneously and never knew what hit them.
Five, it is so easy to switch to vegan living, because today we have cookbooks like Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet; vegan fast food like Taco Bell's 7-Layer Burrito (hold the dairy); an endless variety of ethnic restaurants (e.g., Italian, Ethiopian, Japanese, Szechuan, Indian); and supermarkets that sell protein-packed and cholesterol-free taste-alikes (e.g., soy sausage, fakin' 'bacon,' vegan 'cheese' pizzas, and faux chicken) just in case we ever get a craving for the taste of meat or dairy products - and all of them come without the factory farming, environmental destruction, cruelty, and other ugly, dirty aspects of using animals as food."
Coedited with Jane Ratcliffe, One Can Make a Difference: Original Stories, 2008
Let's Have a Dog Party!, 2007
50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals: Fun and Easy Ways to Be a Kind Kid, 2006
Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth and Animal Friendly Living, 2005
Peta Celebrity Cookbook, 2002
Free the Animals: The Story of the Animal Liberation Front, 2000
250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, 1998
Born June 11, 1949, in Surrey, England
District of Columbia's first female poundmaster
In a Nov. 2007 inverview with David Shankbone she voiced her support for Animal Liberation Front (ALF) actions to liberate animals, with the caveat that she does not support actions involving arson
Named one of the top businesspeople of the year in Fortune magazine
Subject of the award-winning 2007 HBO documentary I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk
Has appeared on the television shows The Colbert Report, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Politically Incorrect, Crossfire, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Voice of America, and 20/20, among others