Last night at The Ebell of Los Angeles, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk
kicked off her Naked Truth U.S. speaking tour to a
packed house that included Sam
, Jennifer Tilly, Christian
, Tony Kanal, and host Kevin Nealon.
And listeners were moved.

While others come in bodies
different from our own, we’re all the same inside,” Ingrid said. She asked
the audience, “Who are they, and who am I, that I should live and they should die?

The goal of the tour is to show
audiences that animal rights isn’t just about “pets,” pelts, or
veggie burgers—it’s about persuading people to view all animals as fellow
citizens worthy of our respect. And the way that we accomplish that is by doing
exactly what Ingrid went on tour to do: Speak. When we do, “we fail
to reach some people sometimes, but when we don’t try, we fail to reach
everyone,” Ingrid explained.

Determined to start speaking up, yesterday
I suggested some activities that my friend could do with his daughter instead
of taking her to SeaWorld.
And tonight, I’m taking
my date to try vegan sushi.
That I can do. We all can. As Ingrid maintains, fretting won’t win the animal
rights battles, but activism will!

She is known for giving powerful,
motivational speeches, so if you can make it to see her on the tour (tour dates to be added soon), please do, and take
someone else with you. But if you cant, the one thing to remember is that the naked
truth” about advancing the animal rights movement, is simple.

Speak up—at
every opportunity.

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Article source: PETA Files

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