- Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:54 pm
Victoria Derbyshire was interviewing PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk yesterday morning, and framing it as the mildly eccentric crank vegan saying that you can't be an environmentalist if you eat meat.
The Twittersphere exploded into pointing out that PETA - right out of Newkirk's own mouth - believes in killing pets rather than than putting them in "involuntary bondage", and has been sued in the US for both stealing family pets out of gardens and breaking waiting period laws on euthanasia to do it. I may've been one of the people who pointed it out.
Towards the end of the interview, Derbyshire's producer must've been on her earpiece, because she bought the views on ownership up - but not the euthanasia or the court cases.
Newkirk simpered, denied everything and mentioned that she owned both dogs and cats.
Despite the ample primary evidence, that was the end of that, so Derbyshire plugged Newkirk's book for her, and ended the section.
I was disappointed.
"It is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."