By Alaina Minshew
PETA President and co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk, visited Georgia College last Thursday to have a discussion with students on animal rights as a social movement and bring informative awareness.
“I’ve never seen a human-being work so hard. For advocating in love consciously in a world where it is desperately needed,” Dr. Michael Tobias, Newell Scholar, who helped bring PETA to Georgia College said. “My own personal life has been devoted to ecological issues throughout the world and that encompasses at its core the values of animal rights. As a vegan I deeply resonate with the messages of such organizations as PETA.”
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Newkirk helped to bring issues to Georgia College about chickens being abused in great amounts, rabbits being mistreated for their fur, elephants being beaten until they obey and discussing SeaWorld’s decision in March to no longer breed their orcas. Newkirk also talked about how having a vegan lifestyle is not only better for your body, but helps save countless animals from being slaughtered for their meat.
“I’ve always cared about animals, like some people care about art. You just naturally do, and I naturally did,” Newkirk said. “They feel as we do.”
It is very evident that those that attended the discussion on the movement were adamant about their lifestyles and making their lives better for the animals around the world. Students that attended were conscious of how their school life affects animals.
“I’m happy to learn that medicine is growing away from animal testing. I use animals to learn, but if there is a way that we can grow away from that I’d love that,” Brittany Haoui, graduate biology major said.
Newkirk travels to many different colleges to provide an everlasting discussion to students on animal rights issues, to help the youth around the United States understand how precious every creature is. Visit www.peta.org to view more topics PETA educates individuals about.
“Animals aren’t ours to eat, aren’t ours to wear, aren’t ours to experiment on, aren’t ours to use as entertainment, aren’t ours to use for any other exploitive means,” Kenneth Montville, assistant manager for college campaigns for peta2 said.
Newkirk’s discussion helped focus in on important subjects about animals that made students think twice about. Georgia College students that attended were reawakened to the cruelty that some animals endure and hope for a change in the community.
“A lot of people I have talked to about it don’t even want to hear anything about it, so at least I hope people will be more open minded about it,” Abby O’Callaghan, senior philosophy major said. “I think hearing what she had to say and seeing some of these videos, people will be more willing to make at least even small changes even if it’s not vegetarianism.”