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Exchange Exemplar: PETA founder reveals the manifold talents of Earth's other creatures

"They're just dumb animals" never seemed like a fair statement. Maybe they don't speak, but animals of all kinds are capable of some really remarkable behavior, assisting their fellow creatures and communicating dangers and desires to each other.

Ingrid Newkirk has long made the case for respecting animals and their talents; she is the founder and president of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Newkirk teamed up with writer Gene Stone to tell the stories of what we have learned from animals, in Animalkind.

We learn about communication and navigation and animal love and more in this 2020 interview with the principal author.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.