The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights

Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble

Ingrid Newkirk

St. Martin's Griffin

With more than two million members and supporters, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal-rights organization, and its founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, is one of the most well-known and most effective activists in America. She has spearheaded worldwide efforts to improve the treatment of animals in manufacturing, entertainment, and elsewhere.

Every day, in laboratories, food factories, and other industries, animals by the millions are subjected to inhumane cruelty. In this accessible guide, Newkirk teaches readers hundreds of simple ways to stop thoughtless animal cruelty and make positive choices.

For each topic, Newkirk provides hard facts, personal insight, inspiration, ideas, and resources, including:

• How to eat healthfully and compassionately

• How to adopt animals rather than support puppy mills

• How to make their vote count and change public opinion

• How to switch to cruelty-free cosmetics and clothing

• How to choose amusements that protect rather than exploit animals.

With public concern for the well-being of animals greater than ever—particularly among young people—this timely, practical book offers exciting and easy ways to make a difference.


Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Not "What" but Who Are Animals?

To comprehend the organs of the horse,

is not to comprehend the horse himself.

—LIN YUT AN, Chinese Philosopher

Let me start with a true story about a rhinoceros. These animals are hard for people to understand. They aren’t furry or big- eyed or easy to pet, and a person might be forgiven for imagining that a charging rhino could flatten you like a locomotive.

Anna Merz, the founder of the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya, has lived with rhinos for many year


Praise for The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights

“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

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  • Ingrid Newkirk

  • 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.


Available Formats and Book Details

The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights

Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble

Ingrid Newkirk



St. Martin's Griffin