Christmas Delivery: Every Gloucestershire School and Library Receives PETA Founder’s Book on Kindness

Christmas Delivery: Every Gloucestershire School and Library Receives PETA Founder’s Book on Kindness

Retired Architect Donates More Than 100 Copies of ‘Animalkind’ to Inspire Compassion for Animals

Gloucestershire – Just in time for Christmas, over 100 copies of Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion (Simon & Schuster), written by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk, have been delivered to secondary schools and public libraries in Gloucestershire, courtesy of local resident Hekmat Kaveh – who was inspired to make the donation after seeing Newkirk on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire.

Kaveh made the donation in honour of his three vegan daughters, saying the following:

Animals cannot speak for themselves, and the only way we can help animalkind in the long term is by educating the young. As an educationalist, my belief is that books will have a longer impression than social media and advertising, as they will remain in libraries, in schools and on coffee tables for many years. I taught my girls about animal cruelty, and the care and compassion we need to show animals, from a very young age. Each of them has become a more caring and loving individual as a result.

I believe respect for life in all of its forms, human and otherwise, will teach us to understand life’s struggles, and as a result, we will have more empathy and understanding for those who have suffered all forms of inequality – and this will make us all better human beings.

Animalkind explores the jaw-dropping talents, intelligence, emotional lives, and communication skills of animals – from mice to monkeys, dogs, elephants, and more. The book acquaints the reader with the many exciting new ways our modern world is leaving animal exploitation in the dust and offers easy steps that everyone – no matter their income or occupation – can take to help make the world a kinder place.

“Thanks to Mr Kaveh’s generosity, the message of Animalkind – that animals are awe-inspiring fellow members of the ‘great orchestra of life’, who deserve to live free from harm – will now be reaching people all over Gloucestershire,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen.

PETA – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” – notes that Animalkind‘s subject matter is particularly important for young people as a means of helping them develop empathy for all living, feeling beings.

Newkirk is also the founder of PETA US, the largest animal rights organisation in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide. She is the author of a dozen books, available in seven languages.

PETA opposes speciesism, the belief that despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, and intelligence, all other animal species are inferior to humans and that it’s acceptable to exploit them. For more information, please visit


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