Animalkind, a new exploration into the lives and minds of animals, has officially hit the shelves. PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk and Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone teamed up to share fascinating accounts of animals’ sophisticated communication, stunning intelligence, and heartwarming empathy, as well as ways in which we can avoid contributing to animal suffering.
The book is separated into two parts. First, Animalkind shocks and surprises readers with remarkable stories about animals who exemplify unique and complex behaviors. Birds are far more devoted to their life partners than we are; frogs use drainpipes to amplify their calls and combat excessive street noise; chickens can memorize and recall the faces and ranks of more than one hundred other birds. Many other captivating instances await the reader.
The second part focuses on medical science, clothing, entertainment, and food, and how these four industries contribute to animal exploitation and cruelty. Fortunately, exciting new technological advancements have the potential to replace the current harmful industry trends, and Newkirk and Stone outline how we can take a stand against animal abuse. Opt for cruelty-free grape leather over animal hide; promote your health and the environment with plant-based nutrition over artery-clogging animal-based products; embrace human cell technology and spare a monkey from life behind bars in laboratory cages; embrace virtual reality and animatronics over captive orca exhibits and elephants rides. With so many simple ways to help end animal suffering, we can all take action today.
I interviewed Ingrid about the book as well as her work to end all forms of animal oppression:
Nina: What inspired you to write this book, and what is your ultimate goal in creating Animalkind?
Ingrid: Almost daily (and sometimes more than once a day), my eye lights on an article, or a tidbit, about some extraordinary thing that humans have learned about other animals—a talent, an expression of a certain emotion, or an act of faithfulness, perhaps—and because I’ve been collecting them all, I was able to select the most interesting ones and share them via Animalkind….