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Ingrid Newkirk


British-born animal rights activist, and the co-founder and current president of PETA, the world's largest animal rights organization.
Ingrid Newkirk
When we build an attractive home, we raze land on which animals have already built their homes. They have nowhere to go.
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If a girl gets sexual pleasure from riding a horse, does the horse suffer? If not, who cares? If you French kiss your dog and he or she thinks it's great, is it wrong? We believe all exploitation and abuse is wrong. If it isn't exploitation and abuse, it may not be wrong.
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In todayís world of tabloid press and with so much competing for peopleís attention, itís a miracle to get their attention at all. And of course having to compete with the advertising budget of even one of our adversaries is impossible. If the whole movement pooled its resources and went after simply one thing, like the veal industry, we wouldnít make a dent, advertising dollar for advertising dollar. To me the greatest success is in catching the attention of the public and reminding them that thereís an animal involved, and that that animal is believed not to have been treated properly by a segment of the population.




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Seriously, I think everybody needs to be more disciplined; nobody needs any meat. But from a perspective of how many animals suffer, itís probably better to kill and eat one whale than it is to eat fish, chickens, cows, lambs and eggs.
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The bottom line is that people don't have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.
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It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism, that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.
Ingrid Newkirk
I plan to send my liver somewhere in France, to protest foie gras (liver pate) ... I plan to have handbags made from my skin ... and an umbrella stand made from my seat.
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Look out for your baby or your friend, of course. That is easy. The test of moral fiber is to stick up for those you relate to least, understand minimally, and do not think are that much like you.
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It [animal research] is immoral even if it's essential.
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I think thatís just a throwaway line, because most people donít really care if they are being true to their original nature. Otherwise, we wouldnít be wearing clothes and driving cars, but out picking berries and eating bark. If you study anthropology ó which most people donít ó and you start to learn about our intestinal structure, our teeth, our digestive system, our mouth structure, you begin to realize that maybe we arenít meant to be eating animals after all.
Ingrid Newkirk
I wish we all would get up and go into the labs and take the animals out or burn them down.




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More power to [Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty] if they can get someoneís attention.
Ingrid Newkirk
"Even if animal experiments did result in a cure for AIDS, of which there is no chance, Iíd be against it on moral grounds."
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Iím not only uninterested in having children. I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it is nothing but vanity, human vanity.
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Perhaps the mere idea of receiving a nasty missive will allow animal researchers to empathize with their victims for the first time in their lousy careers. I find it small wonder that the laboratories arenít all burning to the ground. If I had more guts, Iíd light a match.
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Why not find out when his birthday is, call the newspapers, and go dance on his grave?
Ingrid Newkirk
Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.
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When we were in Savannah, she told me, in the most unequivocal terms, that the world would be an infinitely better place without humans in it at all.
Ingrid Newkirk
Well, itís not like this is anything we are trying to hide. About three times in our 21-year history we have thought it was a good idea ó and still do ó to defend some very good activists who have done some decent things for animals and who have happened to get into trouble. One of those people is Rodney Coronado, who is a very committed Native American animal rights activist and a decent person. He did something [firebombed a research facility at Michigan State University] that put him in prison for three-and-a-half years and I think that if we hadnít provided him with a good legal defence he wouldnít be back out doing productive things in the community again ó like the good person that he is. We are very happy to have done that.
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If that hideousness came here, it wouldn't be any more hideous for the animals ó they are all bound for a ghastly death anyway. But it would wake up consumers. ... I openly hope it [hoof and mouth disease] comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence. It would be good for animals, good for human health and good for the environment.


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