‘Survival at Stake’ Prescribes Respecting Animals to Fend Off Human Extinction

‘Survival at Stake’ Prescribes Respecting Animals to Fend Off Human Extinction

London – Survival at Stake: How Our Treatment of Animals Is Key to Human Existence is a new book by PETA Senior Vice President of International Affairs Poorva Joshipura, exploring how major crises affecting us right now – including pandemics; antibiotic resistance; the climate catastrophe; and polluted air, water, and soil – are inextricably linked to our treatment of animals. With a foreword by United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals Dia Mirza, the book provides readers with a roadmap for changing these destructive patterns. It’s been released today (23 November) by HarperCollins.

Joshipura warns about bird flu and swine flu threats in the US and around the world and shows how antibiotic resistance stems from factory farming and SARS and COVID-19 likely originated in wildlife markets in Asia. She also highlights how the climate catastrophe, pollution, and species extinction are linked to meat, egg, dairy, and leather production. Survival at Stake is essential reading for anyone who cares about other species – or the fate of their own.

“Whatever you think you know about the instant world emergency, you don’t, not the half of it, until you read between the covers of this book. At one and the same time, its global reach, combined with its terrifying detail, astonishes, informs, and shocks. … By the time you finish reading, you will not be able to sit still any longer. Silence and inaction are not options where survival is at stake,” writes King’s Counsel barrister Michael Mansfield.

The author is available for interview, and copies of the book are available upon request.

Joshipura is also the author of For a Moment of Taste: How What You Eat Impacts Animals, the Planet and Your Health, published in 2020. She has spent over two decades with PETA entities, during which time she has conducted eyewitness investigations into laboratories, slaughterhouses, and other facilities . Victories under her leadership include convincing regulatory agencies to end specific animal tests; overseeing investigations into the use of animals for food; urging major fashion retailers to stop selling items containing down, angora, and fur; and rescuing animals from abusive circuses.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, TikTok, X (formerly Twitter), or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]