Tuesday, December 27, 2005

PETA President to speak in Bethlehem

From PETA's website:

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, founder of the world’s largest animal rights organization and author of seven books on the treatment of animals, will make a landmark appearance on Thursday morning, December 29, at the International Nonviolence Conference in Bethlehem.

Newkirk’s address to the assembly marks the first time that animal issues rather than animals themselves have been placed on the table and positions animal rights as a social issue consistent with the principles of nonviolence.

Sponsored by the Holy Land Trust and Nonviolence International, the conference will bring together members of the global nonviolence community to discuss past, present, and future strategies, with an emphasis on the current conflict in Palestine. Also speaking at the conference will be Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, United Nations Under Secretary-General Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, civil rights activist Bernard LaFayette Jr., peace and justice activist Father Roy Bourgeois, and Cindy Corrie, the mother of peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed while trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from bulldozing a home in a Palestinian refugee camp.

While in the Holy Land, Newkirk will tour Yad Vashem, meet with old friends at the Tel Aviv Humane Society (where she spoke when it opened more than a decade ago), and visit the Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land sanctuary, which PETA supports.

Whew, I thought she may actually go to Israel and miss the donkey haven! Don't forget she's the same woman who complained to Arafat about the Donkey bombs. People bombs apparently didn't bother her.

Click here for the text of her letter to Arafat.