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June 19, 2019 - LA Times

PETA's Ingrid Newkirk on doing whatever it takes to protect animals, both ugly and cute

PETA's Ingrid Newkirk on doing whatever it takes to protect animals, both ugly and cute
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On a new billboard at a Hollywood intersection is a trio of cute creatures posed with the recumbent Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder and president of PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She just turned 70, and PETA will soon turn 40 – a respectable age for an organization known for being disreputable and shocking in its acts to stop institutionalized animal cruelty.

Newkirk was once called the Mother Teresa of rabbits, for the rabbit is PETA’s logo: a creature used for entertainment, killed for fur and meat, and subjected to medical, chemical and cosmetic tests.

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