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The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights: Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble Paperback – Bargain Price, May 26, 2009

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“This book is the ultimate animal rights encyclopedia—chock- full of facts and resources that will guide you at home, in the marketplace, in life.”  - Woody Harrelson, actor

 “A terrific book that uplifts you by showing you there are easy, sensible, clear ways to help animals that you might never have dreamt of.” - Martin Sheen, actor

“This guide eloquently and truthfully spells out the situations animals find themselves in due to mankind’s arrogance, and it offers us viable options that help both the animals and ourselves.” -Nigel Barker, photographer and judge for America’s Next Top Model

“A great read for those of us who believe that we should no more discriminate on the basis of species than we would on the basis of gender, race, or religion.” -Famke Janssen, actress

“Ingrid voices the horrors of animal abuse and shows us how we can lead a truly compassionate life. God bless Ingrid!” -Bea Arthur, actress

About the Author

INGRID NEWKIRK has appeared on many national television radio shows, including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, and 20/20, among others; she was the subject of the HBO special, I Am an Animal.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312559941
  • ASIN: B0041T4P7U
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ingrid E. Newkirk, 56, author of the book Making Kind Choices (St. Martin's, January 2005), is founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world.

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.'

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Post on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
In these difficult times, it's easy to get wrapped up in our own problems, but as PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk points out in The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, it's important to remember that other species are facing their own hardships--which are often much worse than ours--every day.

For example, dogs are called "man's best friend," but many are kept chained in lonely backyards 24 hours a day, with nothing to do but pace the dirt, pant through sweltering summer days, and long for a friend. Elephants and chimpanzees are beaten and chained for humans' "entertainment." Pigs, cows, and chickens are treated like meat, milk, and egg machines--crammed together by the hundreds on filthy factory farms and deprived of everything that makes their life enjoyable, even the feel of grass under their feet or the sun on their backs.

This comprehensive guide to animal rights provides concise, straightforward information about how animals suffer in the entertainment, clothing, food, experimentation, and "pet" industries; compelling stories; fascinating facts about animals; simple steps to take to stop cruelty; and frequently asked questions, which will prepare both new and seasoned activists to be the most effective animal rights advocates they can be.

It's empowering to know that in these times when so much seems beyond our control, each of us can stop animals' suffering through our daily choices, such as eating veggie burgers and buying products that aren't tested on animals. This book will make you want to change the world for animals!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ingrid Newkirk (born 1949) is an English-born animal rights activist and the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as well as the author of Free the Animals : The Story of the Animal Liberation Front, You Can Save the Animals: 251 Simple Ways to Stop Thoughtless Cruelty, etc.

She wrote in this 2009 book, "My aim is to take you to places most people will never visit and to look at our interactions with animals in ways that are dramatically different for most of us... I will show you what you need to see so that you can easily understand just how important you are to animals in trouble... This book will link you up to a community that respects animals enough to consider their welfare when making choices... I promise too that, after reading this book, you will be able to answer the question, 'What did you do, in your lifetime, to help animals?' joyfully and without a second thought." (Pg. xviii-xix)

She states early on, "Some people rationalize their abuse by saying that humans are the cleverest animals on Earth, the only ones to land on the moon or write a symphony. True, but humans are also the only animals to devise an atomic bomb, invent concentration camps, and kill hitchhikers for sexual gratification. So what does it mean?" (Pg. 9)

She explains, "Supporters of the animal rights movement believe that animals are not ours, while supporters of the animal welfare movement believe that animals can be used and even killed for those purposes as long as 'humane' guidelines are followed...
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By David Cantor on July 7, 2013
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I am dedicating my second half-century of life to establishing the equal guaranteed autonomy, ecology, and dignity rights all animals need to lead a fulfilling life, including human beings. One of the biggest obstacles to this extremely difficult goal is a basic misconception about the meaning of the term "animal rights." The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights: Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble by Ingrid Newkirk is a powerful source of the misconception, though far from the only one. Though it was published four years ago, serious discussion of it remains timely: It encapsulates the strategy People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and many other first-wave "animal rights" organizations have promoted for more than three decades, and that failed strategy remains predominant among advocates who see themselves as promoting rights of nonhuman animals whether they really do or not.

Rights that protect persons from injustice, tyranny, and oppression are (1) Constitutional guarantees against unreasonable and unwarranted intrusions; (2) those guarantees established by the courts or by legislation as flowing from rights established in the Constitution. Rights are not caring, compassion, helping or rescuing others, humane treatment of others, or eschewing products made by harming others. Rights work to establish justice, not kindness.

Three things must happen for a new group of persons to acquire rights such as humans have under the U.S.
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