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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312559941
  • ASIN: B0041T4P7U
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book will make you want to change the world for animals!
Lindsay Post
This very comprehensive book addresses virtually every question, argument, and objection that comes up in the discussion of animal rights and animal welfare.
Steven H. Propp
How I wish this would be required reading in all high schools, or at least a suggested book for book reports.

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Cantor on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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15 of 18 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 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike H. on May 12, 2011
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Let me share how useful this book is. It is useful to me as someone who hasn't eaten meat in well over 2 years, and who has been vegan for almost 3 months. I've been to many protests, and heard a lot of speakers on the topic. And I am still learning. You're never "there" as in a place where you know it all. There's always something new to be heard or a new perspective to be shared.

At first I was skeptical, because of it being associated with peta. (Written by the co-founder of the organization, Ingrid Newkirk.) Not to bash peta, because they do a lot of good things for this world. However, they are sometimes over the top, associated with things like throwing paint on people that wear fur, yadda yadda. But I personally don't like how they put celebrities up on a pedestal just for doing one minor thing like simply saying "wearing fur is bad" or "you shouldn't test on animals".

Luckily, this book has nothing to do with that. This is an introductory level book filled with information on all aspects of animal cruelty in our world. For food, fashion, entertainment, and testing methods. Being veg already, I already knew most of what Ingrid Newkirk stated about the food industry. I've also been to multiple circus and fur protests. However, I've recently researched animal testing, and am appalled at what I've read so far. There is very pertinent information containing how horrid circuses and zoos are to animals that most people would not know, but it should be revealed to them.

There is also some interesting information in this book on different ways you can be the best to your different kind of pets at home. Not just dogs or cats, but things like birds and fish. I am not a bird owner, but I know people who are.
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