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I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA (2007)

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A candid and introspective look at the extreme beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the British-born co-founder and driving force behind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal-rights organization.

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How did a controversial, ultra-radical organization become the largest animal rights group in the world? For the past 25 years, Ingrid Newkirk and People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have tirelessly attacked one of the pillars of civilization: mankind's use of animals. Ingrid and her supporters are driven by the single-minded conviction that humans must not use animals for any reason - not for food, clothing, medical experimentation, or even for entertainment. Ingrid works 18-hour days and lives in a one-bedroom apartment with little furniture. She publicly hopes that mad cow disease will ravage the country; she believes a cure for AIDS is not worth the life of a single monkey; and when Ingrid dies, she wants her body dissected, eaten, and made into clothing - as a statement of solidarity with non-human animals. Having obtained unprecedented access to Ingrid and the activities of her organization, I Am An Animal thoroughly explores PETA's unconventional ideology and its... Written by Anonymous

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Employee: You know that cliché "A picture is worth a thousand words?" A video of what happens to animals is worth a library of words. You could have a library of books about how horrible it is for animals in slaughterhouses, in laboratories, but nobody is going to read those books.
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This Documentary is whip-cream on a cow-pie~!
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Just take the time to Google: PETA Kills

PETA Kills Animals, and its leaders dare lecture the rest of us?

PETA groups put to death over 90 percent of the animals it took in during the last five years. And its angel-of-death pattern shows no sign of changing.

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/article_detail.cfm?article=134

(1)According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 23,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA's moralizing about the "unethical" treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer.

(2) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group's overall goal as "total animal liberation." This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer.

(3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified "domestic terrorist" group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that "blowing stuff up and smashing windows" is "a great way to bring about animal liberation," adding, "Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it."

(4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: "Your Mommy Kills Animals!" PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel's audience: "Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be."

(5) PETA's president has said that "even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it." And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on.

(6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs. PETA's religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs "died for their sins." PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn't be allowed. And its infamous "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals.

(7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don't practice what it preaches. Social media and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson's Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a "luxurious leather interior"; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official "okay" from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita Von Teese has written about her love of furs and "stuffed baby pigeon"; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially "anti-fur"Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron's celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, "Baby Phat" designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokes-model despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group.

And finally the whole truth: Search: activist cash.com (leave out the space between activist & cash) :People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


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