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Episode 531: Ingrid Newkirk on New Discoveries About Animal Behavior

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 14, 2020

This week Mariann talks to Ingrid Newkirk (@IngridNewkirk) about her new book, AnimalKind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, co-written with Gene Stone. Ingrid talks about her lifetime of work advocating for animals, why testing on animals is so ineffective and what animal activists can do to help bring the practice to an end, and the deep and intricate levels of emotions that animals experience and communicate. She also talks about her work with PETA on issues such as fur bans and how all of us can continue to work on creating change.

Ingrid E. Newkirk is the president and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the author of newly released book titled AnimalKind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion.

Newkirk, a former Washingtonian of the Year, has been featured for her work for animals in The New Yorker, Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, the Financial Times, and numerous other publications. She has appeared on television shows all over the world, including Australia’s 60 Minutes. She is the subject of a BBC special and the HBO documentary I Am an Animal.

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In the intro to the show, Mariann and Jasmin talk about their concerns about coronavirus, what they are doing to prep for it, and how to keep ourselves safe. They also talk about the wonderful Food For Thought Campaign. Later in the episode, Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties!

As always, the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.



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