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In this video, PBN Co-founder Robbie Lockie interviews Ingrid Newkirk – the Founder of animal rights charity PETA.

Although the charity sometimes faces criticism for its style of advocacy – which often includes nudity and shocking stunts – it has achieved many victories for animals over the years.

In this interview, Newkirk talks about the challenges of leading a large organization, some of her biggest wins, and some of the criticism she has faced – including over the euthanization of animals.

PBN’s Robbie Lockie interviews PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk.Subscribe to PBN’s YouTube Channel here

Animal activism

Speaking about the role of animal activism, Newkirk says: “I don’t know that humans are necessarily born with compassion – although some are, but for many of use it’s learned.

“Many of us make mistakes and have our eyes opened by certain things – I know I did. I always fished when I was growing up, I had my first fur coat at 19, and I loved animals, but back then, nobody really helped me make the connection…I didn’t think about factory farming, I didn’t think about steel traps or fur farming, and I didn’t think about animals in the lab.

“Animal rights activists can help people develop empathy, given them understanding, show them their choices, and bring them along.”

You canwatch the full interview on YouTube here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.