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Show dog's death leaves handler unsettled

Show dog's death leaves handler unsettled

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The death of a prize winning show dog after a competition in New York has left its handler suspicious of foul play.
For these dogs, meat doesn't cut mustard

For these dogs, meat doesn't cut mustard

MIDDLETON, Wis., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin is considering an ad featuring a bikini-clad woman next to the words "Meat Doesn't Cut the Mustard -- Try Veggie Dogs!"

PETA asks British royals to change plans

CALGARY, Alberta, July 3 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists are urging Prince William and his wife Kate to cancel their upcoming visit to the Calgary Stampede in Canada.

PETA eyeing Clooney sweat-flavored tofu

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actor George Clooney says he is not a fan of the idea of his sweat being the star of a new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tofu item.

Winfrey named 2008 PETA Person of the Year

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says U.S. TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey is the group's 2008 Person of the Year.
Obama's first debate -- the first dog

Obama's first debate -- the first dog

CHICAGO, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- President-elect Barack Obama, in front of millions of witnesses in Chicago and watching their televisions, promised his daughters they'd get a dog.

PETA targets U.S. agency on chimp research

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals targeted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for submitting chimps to biological agents.

PETA proposes vegetarian tax cut

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the U.S. Congress should give vegetarians a tax cut.

'Heroes,' Spidey stars leading PETA poll

NORFOLK, Va., May 28 (UPI) -- "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia and "Spider-Man 3" actress Dallas Howard had the early lead in Virginia-based PETA's World's Sexiest Vegetarian poll.

PETA uses Reagan to push veggies

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is launching an ad campaign featuring former President Reagan to push vegetarianism as an anti-Alzheimer's diet.

Australia accused of animal cruelty

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists Tuesday condemned the deaths of more than 2,000 Australian sheep that died of hypothermia after being shorn of their protective wool.

Beyonce's dad addresses fur flap

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Matthew Knowles, singer Beyonce's father and manager, reportedly wants an animal-rights group to stop criticizing the performer for wearing fur.
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Ingrid Newkirk (born June 11, 1949) is a British-born animal rights activist and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal rights organization. She is the author of several books, including Free the Animals (2000) and Making Kind Choices (2005).

Newkirk has worked for the animal protection movement since 1972. In the 1970s as the District of Columbia's first female poundmaster, legislation was passed to create the first spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C., as well as an adoption program and the public funding of veterinary services, leading her to be among those chosen in 1980 as Washingtonians of the Year.

She founded PETA in March that year with her boyfriend at the time, Alex Pacheco. They came to public attention in 1981, when Pacheco photographed 17 macaque monkeys being experimented on inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring monkeys case led to the first police raid in the U.S. on an animal research laboratory and an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act. Since then, she has led campaigns to stop the use of animals in crash tests, has convinced companies to stop testing cosmetics on animals and to press for higher welfare standards from the meat industry, and has organized undercover investigations that have led to government sanctions against companies, universities, and entertainers who use animals. She is known in particular for the media stunts she organizes, deliberately outrageous to draw attention to animal protection issues. In her will, for example, she has asked that her skin be turned into wallets, her feet into umbrella stands, and her flesh into "Newkirk Nuggets," then grilled on a barbecue. "We are complete press sluts," she told The New Yorker in 2003. "It is our obligation."

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