Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President

PETA president and cofounder Ingrid Newkirk has led the world's largest animal rights organization for more than 25 years. Her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for all living beings has inspired countless others to do what they can to help animals.

Ingrid and PETA believe that animals deserve the most basic rights—in particular, consideration of their own best interests regardless of whether they are useful to humans. Like humans, they are capable of suffering and have interests in living their own lives. Therefore, they are not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or for any other reason.

Read the Ingrid Newkirk biography for more information on Ingrid's life, and watch the videos below to hear Ingrid discuss in her own words her work for animals and what you can do to make a difference.

Ready to join Ingrid and start making a difference for animals? Visit PETA.org for information on going vegetarian, switching to cosmetics products that aren't tested on animals, and ditching cruel wool, leather, and fur once and for all.