Ingrid E. Newkirk is president and cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the author of a new book, Let’s Have a Dog Party! (October 2007). Her other books include 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals, Making Kind Choices, PETA’s Celebrity Cookbook, 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, and Free the Animals.
Newkirk began her work fighting against cruelty to animals as a Maryland state law enforcement officer and was the director of cruelty investigations for the Washington, D.C., Humane Society/SPCA. Since founding PETA in 1980, she has coordinated the first arrest of a scientist on cruelty-to-animals charges in U.S. history, helped pass the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan, and created the first spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C. She spearheaded a successful campaign to close a U.S. Department of Defense underground “wound laboratory” and has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including a campaign that ended General Motors’ crash tests on animals.
Newkirk’s work has made the front pages of The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She was named one of the top businesspeople of the year in Fortune magazine, and she has been profiled in The New Yorker, People magazine, and other publications. She is the subject of the award-winning 2007 HBO documentary “I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA.”
Her will instructs that her body parts be used for political purposes after her death. When it comes to battling against cruelty to animals, she is considered fearless and relentless.
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