There are those who donate their bodies to science, and others who use it for militant purposes. Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is one of them. At 73, the British activist has just updated her will, adding new heirs, to whom she intends to bequeath her organs. A radical decision that aims to raise awareness about the treatment of animals, especially in the agri-food industry.
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In this case, Ingrid Newkirk wants her "sous-vide" liver to be sent to Emmanuel Macron when she dies. A way for her to "call on the French government to ban" foie gras, a "barbaric product" in her words. "With the tasty fake fats now available, there is no longer a valid excuse to authorize the force-feeding of ducks and geese," Peta said in a statement posted online on June 6.
His American counterpart, President Joe Biden, will inherit the lips of the deceased. A direct reference to the fact that the United States "embraces the turkey industry" especially during the Thanksgiving period. For his part, Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities will receive part of the activist's back, in relation to the "backbreaking work that humans impose on beaten and exhausted donkeys, horses and camels at the site of the pyramids of Giza, where hungry animals collapsed as they were forced to pull people in the sweltering heat."
Royalty, a bad student
Some crowned heads are also in the sights of the founder of Peta. King Charles III will have the right to a piece of his neck. History to denounce the breeding of pigeons for the leisure of the relatives of the royal family, since some of these birds have their necks twisted just after their race. While Ingrid Newkirk intends to give the King of Spain, Felipe VI, one of her ears to protest against bullfights, during which bulls "die in excruciating suffering after struggling desperately to stay alive".
Billionaire Elon Musk, meanwhile, was given the activist's heart. For one simple reason: "His cruel and deadly brain experiments as part of Project Neuralink on monkeys, pigs, rats and sheep indicate that he has none."
The fashion industry in the crosshairs
Among her other wishes, Ingrid Newkirk wants to remove part of her skin, turn it into a leather belt and handbag, and offer it to Hermès, "which supports the massive suffering and killing of animals in the name of fashion." "Many brands and companies, including Chanel, have given up exotic animal skins, but others, like Hermès, continue to source them by funding horrific acts of cruelty to snakes, ostriches, lizards, crocodiles and alligators," Peta said. "The lizard tattoo on Ingrid Newkirk's arm will become a real 'lizard skin' handbag, but 100% cruelty-free."
Finally, Ingrid Newkirk asks that her skin be part of a human barbecue or that her shin be transformed into an umbrella rack (like those designed with elephant corpses). "Although macabre at first glance, Ingrid Newkirk's body legacies want to inspire animal advocates while encouraging all those who are sleepy in speciesism to wake up." What hope for a revival?..