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PETA Co-Founder Explores Latest Discoveries About Animals In New Book

"Animalkind" book jacket cover. Undated.
"Animalkind" book jacket cover. Undated.
Ingrid Newkirk is the co-author of the new book, "Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals And Revolutionary New Ways To Show Them Compassion."

Ingrid Newkirk first studied to be a stockbroker. But after taking some abandoned kittens to an animal shelter in 1969, she said she was appalled by what she saw and was moved to pursue a career in animal welfare and protection.

In 1980, she and a friend formed the People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals or PETA. The group is now the largest animal welfare organization in the world.

Over the years, PETA has been involved in many fights over animal rights, some of the most prominent here in San Diego. For years, the group lobbied SeaWorld to stop orca shows and the breeding of the giant mammals. SeaWorld eventually agreed.


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In her new book, "Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion," Newkirk not only explores the richness of animals’ lives but also has suggestions on how humans can treat them more kindly.

She joined Midday Edition to talk about the past, present and future of the animal welfare movement.