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Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth- and Animal-Friendly Living Paperback – December 23, 2004
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“As this book explores, acts of kindness, even in the simplest ways, are what make our lives meaningful, bringing happiness to ourselves and others.” ―The Dalai Lama
“This powerful book offers easy ways to make your compassionate mark on the world.” ―Moby
“Ingrid Newkirk's wonderful new book is about us - about how in a world so violent and cruel, there is no way to pretend we're kind people unless we extend our kindness to those who are the most innocent and helpless.” ―Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher"
“Ingrid Newkirk's book shows us practical ways to foster compassion towards animals. She is a true teacher.” ―Martin Sheen
More About the Author
Her campaigns to promote cruelty-free living have made the front pages of The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She was named a top business people of the year in Forbes magazine, and has been profiled in The New Yorker and twice in People Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King, Politically Incorrect, Crossfire, Nightline, 60 Minutes and 20/20 among others and enjoys a lively debate and the opportunity to show how easy it is to make animal-friendly choices.
Newkirk has spoken internationally on animal protection issues, from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, where she spent her childhood. She is the author of numerous opinion pieces and articles on the social implications of our treatment of animals and helped to pass the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She is currently campaigning to end the live flaying of lambs for Australian Merino wool.
Ms. Newkirk served as a deputy sheriff; as a Maryland state law enforcement officer for 32 years; she has been director of cruelty investigations for the second oldest humane society in the U.S.; and serves in an advisory capacity on numerous animal protection boards. In 1980, she was named Washingtonian of the Year, and has since received many other accolades and awards, including a 1995 Courage of Conscience Award, a 2001 Animal Protection Hall of Fame Award, 2002 Living Legacy Award and 2004 Activist of the Year Awards.
Ingrid Newkirk achieved the passage of legislation to create a spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C., coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a scientist on cruelty to animals charges and helped pass into law the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She spearheaded the closure of Department of Defense underground 'wound laboratory,' and has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors' crash tests on animals.
She is the author of several other books, including 'You Can Save the Animals!', 'PETA's Celebrity Cookbook' and '250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You.'
Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized into ten parts: Home and Garden, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Entertaining, Recreation and Vacations, Animals in the Home, Children and Family, Business and Education, Health, Volunteering and Getting Active, and Celebrations. Each section is filled with short chapters that explore the topics in more detail. "Home and Garden," for example, addresses decorating and furnishing your home using cruelty-free products; finding cleaning solutions that are eco- and animal-friendly; and using humane methods to deal with insects, mice, and other uninvited creatures. The chapters are supported by a list of resources that should help answer just about any "But how do I...?" question. Of course, there are also plenty of simple vegan recipes -- even for making your own vegan dog and cat food.
Although PETA (now in its 25th year) is well known for their often-shocking and controversial campaigns, "Making Kind Choices" prudently relies instead on stories from a wide variety of voices, from engaged activists and international celebrities to everyday people just trying to make the world a better place.Read more ›
This book is packed full of information that you can use in daily living, information that gives you the inside scoop of just what is in certain products? How are animals really treated? Why does it help to drink organic coffee? Just to name a very few.
The information in this book is about our everyday living and understanding the responsibility that we have to live in unity with all of life on our planet. It is not written in a condemning way, but instead brings great understanding as to why we should respect life in all forms. It is also filled with alternatives, meals that are made with healthy foods, that not only improve our bodies but are animal friendly. Cleaning supplies that do the job but do not hurt the environment or those who live in it. I found that to be very refreshing and informative.
The author also gives a very in-depth listing of animal ingredients that we can look for in products we eat and use and alternatives for them. She gives names and addresses of companies that sell products or foods that are friendly to our world.
Great! I want you to understand that this is just not another book tearing you apart for eating animal flesh or using animal products. No, it's a book of information, one that is a real eye opener; and it is written in a very easy to understand way.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I intend to keep it handy so I may refer to it time and time again. I'm also going to make some life changes, I believe for the better. Pick this one up and read what you may not know. I really believe it will make a difference in your life. Great book! Great read
I liked that this book is broken down into sections that apply to all ages. Home and Garden, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Entertaining, Recreation and Vacations, Animals in the Home, Children and Family, Business and Education, Health, Volunteering and Getting active. So you can see the topics that go well with all members in a family.
She gives very practical suggestions substitutes for products that we currently use. She gives recipes for replacements that are harder on the environment. She gives tips on how to keep your pets happy and content. I liked that she gave a wealth of ideas and substitutions for things we currently do. Some books give one suggestion that isn't always workable. I feel that through reading this book that I can make better and informed decisions as a consumer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book offers up a lot of great ideas to make simple changes that impact animals and the environment. I'm not a vegan, but I am a vegetarian. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carlie B.
Well intentioned and thoughtful, but there are better organized formats [in other books] for explaining, succinctly, how to live so that animals and the planet suffer less. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Jeanajoan
My daughter who is an animal lover and strict vegetarian was thrilled with this. Some of the information may be a bit over the top, but it makes one think about their choices.Published on December 28, 2012 by L. S.
All around a very informative and well-written book. Great for anyone that would like to see positive changes in this world.Published on February 14, 2008 by B. Nelsen
My roommate bought me a copy of this book and it's really opened my eyes! Although I've been vegan for several years I didn't realize how much more I could be doing to help the... Read morePublished on August 21, 2005 by Tanya
This book shrugs off all shrill rhetoric and provides many resources for animal-free products and animal-friendly services. Read morePublished on May 5, 2005 by John Hritz
this ingrid just might recieve a peace prize/award with this book. every base imaginable in the, 'animal friendly' vien's beautifully covered here.Published on May 5, 2005 by beth
Despite the title this is not a New Age book nor is it a rant by PETA. Recommended by personalities as diverse as the Dalai Lama and Bill Maher this is a PRACTICAL how to book on... Read morePublished on April 12, 2005 by Hallstatt Prince
This book is a great guide on how to make better choices in our every day life. It's easy to look up whatever you are looking for, and flows nicely to read all the way through. Read morePublished on March 14, 2005 by Purple Shades