PETA's Mastermind

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has been called the most successful radical organization in America. The group's animal rights commandos are famous and infamous for their high-drama stunts and claims.

PETA activists have thrown paint on fur coats, gone naked for animal rights, thrown a dead raccoon on Vogue editor Anna Wintour's plate at the Four Seasons in New York, and compared America's treatment of animals in factory farms to slavery and the Holocaust.

Behind it all stands Ingrid Newkirk, who started the movement twenty-five years ago in revulsion at the sight of dead kittens.

Hear a conversation with Newkirk on twenty-five years of pushing the envelope for animal rights.


Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder and President of PETA, based in Norfolk, Virgina, and author of "Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth- and Animal-Friendly Living."

This program aired on November 9, 2005.


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