Is PETA Extreme? Interview with Founder Ingrid Newkirk

Elysabeth Alfano and Ingrid Newkirk

What do Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix and supermodel Joanna Krupa have in common?  PETA. And, over the years, PETA has stirred up quite a bit of controversy.  From having models pose nude to get people’s attention on animal issues to towing a ‘no exceptions’ line by not supporting Prop 12, a California law that will enhance living conditions in factory farms but will not end the systematic torture of animals for profit.

PETA always makes a statement, usually drawing headlines about their unwavering, unapologetic intention to make the world a kinder place by encouraging human compassion to sentient animals that can feel pain and share with us a range of emotions.  Even if you don’t agree with absolutely everything PETA has ever done,  it would be hard not to argue that, more than any other organization, PETA moves the needle for animals.

PETA Founder, Ingrid Newkirk, joined Elysabeth to answer: Is PETA Extreme?  Sit tight and stay tuned to Ingrid Newkirk so you can decide for yourself.  Ingrid’s New book, written with Gene Stone, is a perfect holiday gift for the animal lovers in your life: Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion. Here is a breakout clip from Ingrid on the value of kindness.

Speaking of kindess and compassion, click here for veggie forward recipes, including Elysabeth’s  Not Turkey Stuffed Turkey Breast, just in time for our most veggie-centric holiday, Thanksgiving.

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