Can fish sing? How do elephants communicate? Why do all animals deserve our respect? Learn the answers to these and other questions in PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk’s New York Times–bestselling book Animalkind.

Watch Ingrid talk about the fascinating, meaningful lives of crabs, who appear in the bookand what we humans can do to respect them:

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About the Book

animalkind Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion by Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone features an absolute avalanche of new information about who animals are – smart, aware, and empathetic – and dispels old notions of animals as mere accessories for humans to use for their own pursuits.

Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communication networks, and myriad abilities. animalkind presents these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a variety of fascinating examples.

Did You Know?

  • Certain birds have been found to be far more devoted to their romantic partners than humans are. While the divorce rate in the UK is around 40%, 95% of swan mates, for instance, stay together for life.
  • Squirrels bury nuts by the position of the stars.
  • Pigeons navigate by low-frequency radio waves.
  • Fish “sing” underwater.
  • Cows communicate with each other using subtle changes in facial expression, while rhinos do so using their breathing.

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How to Spare Animals Harm

Newkirk and Stone pair their tour of the mesmerising lives of animals with a guide to some exciting ways that humans can avoid using and abusing them as our society has done in the past.

Advances in technology are increasingly able to replace harmful medical experiments on animals, and innovations in animal-free materials have led major fashion designers – and recently, Her Majesty the Queen – to take a stand against using real fur. animalkind offers alternatives to using animals for all the functions they’ve ever served in our lives.

We no longer send canaries down coal mines or kill rabbits in pregnancy tests – so why not modernise by phasing out all animal exploitation and feel good about doing so?

About the Authors

Ingrid Newkirk is the founder of PETA, an affiliate of PETA US, the largest animal rights organisation in the world. She has spoken internationally on animal rights issues, from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, where she spent her childhood. She is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Easy Things You Can Do, Making Kind Choices, The Compassionate Cook or, “Please Don’t Eat the Animals!”, and other books available in multiple languages.

Gene Stone has written, co-written, or ghostwritten more than 45 books, including Forks Over Knives, How Not to Die, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, and The Engine 2 Diet. He has reached millions of readers with important ideas about ways to work, live, and thrive.


“With wisdom and eloquence, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone remind us of what we’ve always known, but too often forget: animals are deserving of our care.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Eating Animals

“We share this planet and the same kingdom with the animals and although we feel superior to them, they have senses that far surpass ours. This book shows how much we have to learn from them beginning with compassion, simplicity and unconditional love. It is a must read.”
– Dr Marty Goldstein, author of The Nature of Animal Healing

“Humanity’s survival depends upon our learning to live in harmony with all other species. The second law of ecology is the law of interdependence. Without bees, phytoplankton, worms and trees we cannot live; without dogs, cats, horses, elephants and penguins we cannot be truly happy. We are a part of them as they are a part of us and together we are the planet Earth. Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone have done a wonderful service to us all with their stories of kindness and compassion. The book is truly inspiring.”
– Captain Paul Watson, CEO and founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

“This book makes the spot-on case that the future of laboratory research will not be based on four-legged or tail-wagging models, but rather on sophisticated, human-relevant and high-tech animal-free testing methods. As Newkirk and Stone point out, these modern technologies are delivering better human health outcomes and are benefiting patients, physicians and researchers.”
– John Pawlowski, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical Faculty Physician

“This is the book to buy, read, and give to others so that everyone finally sees why they should respect and cherish all animals.”
– Anjelica Huston, Oscar-winning actor

“What animalkind reveals only reinforces my belief that some of the most brilliant individuals you could ever hope to meet have fur, fins or feathers.”
– Alan Cumming, stage and screen actor

“A resourceful guide … a treasure of greater compassion, integrity and awareness, animalkind is both a moving compendium of animals’ remarkable intelligence and emotional complexity, and a manual of all the ways we can stop accepting and contributing to their slaughter and exploitation.”
– Joy Williams, author of The Quick and the Dead and The Changeling

animalkind is a much-needed antidote to viewing other animals as second-class citizens and offers a fresh look into the cognitive and emotional lives of other animals. This thought-provoking and engaging book will change your view of who other animals are and how you should interact with them in respectful and compassionate ways. It could be a game-changer.”
– Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

“Buy this book for anyone you know who harbors even the slightest doubt that animals aren’t super-clever or that there aren’t many ways to help them – because Newkirk and Stone show that animals are, and that you can.”
– Edie Falco, Emmy-winning actor

“A fascinating look at animal behavior, as well as a treatise against cruelty toward animals … Newkirk and Stone’s informative survey effectively nudges readers to think twice about their own use of products sourced, perhaps less than ethically, from the animal kingdom.”
Publishers Weekly

“This emotional and informative book should be required reading for everyone! I urge you to pick it up and embrace its beautiful message of compassion and understanding. The time is now for all of us to fall in love with animalkind!”
– Mike White, filmmaker, actor, and producer

“This book takes you by the hand and leads you, enchanted, into the wonderful world of diverse animal life.”
– James Cromwell, Emmy-winning actor