BOOK REVIEW: A strong 'choice' for those left of liberal

Ingrid Newkirk is the cofounder and president of PETA, a group not known for its subtle political positions.

Ingrid Newkirk is the cofounder and president of PETA, a group not known for its subtle political positions.

So it's not surprising that the ideas presented in this book fall far to the left of liberal. If that annoys you, read no further. This isn't the book for you.

However, if you're not shy about slipping on your Tevas and heading out to the garden for a little composting, Making Kind Choices could be your definitive guide to an eco- and animal-friendly existence. When it comes to understanding humankind's impact on our world, Newkirk is in a class of her own. This book attempts to share her knowledge on everyday choices people can make to preserve the planet and live conscientiously.

Although the topics seem scattered (she covers everything from "Saving Little Visitors Who Get Trapped in the Swimming Pool or Pond" to "A Feast for Ramadan or Every Day"), the overarching theme is that people must define and live by personal ethics. Whether you agree with her or not, Newkirk is a woman who has lived by her ideals. That is an inspiration in itself.

Title Making Kind Choices

Author Ingrid Newkirk

Publisher St. Martin's Press (January 2005), 472 pages

Reviewed by Anita Chabria

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