Ingrid Newkirk
British-American activist
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid Newkirk is a British-born animal rights activist and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal rights organization. She is the author of several books, including Making Kind Choices (2005) and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights - Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble (2009). Newkirk has worked for the animal protection movement since 1972.
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This Chain-Smoking Chimpanzee Is Trapped In A North Korean Zoo
Huffington Post - 4 months
A 19-year-old female chimpanzee named Azalea rose to internet fame on Wednesday after The Associated Press published photos that show her smoking in an exhibition in the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea. In the photos, the chimp appears almost human as she puffs on a cigarette. The AP reported that Azalea could light the cigarettes herself, either with a lighter or another lit cigarette her trainers threw into the exhibit. While it’s possible for humans to train primates how to smoke tobacco, primatologist Frans B.M. de Waal says it’s a form of animal cruelty. “Of course, it is as addictive and unhealthy [for primates] as it is for humans,” he told The Huffington Post. Officials with the Central Zoo insisted that Azalea, one of the zoo’s two chimpanzees, isn’t actually inhaling harmful smoke, but de Waal isn’t buying it. “I doubt it, in the same way that I would doubt a human who smokes a lot but says he never inhales,” he said. “Like Bill Clinton.” Given the ...
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Judging Compassion: the Criminal Trial of Toronto Pig Save's Anita Krajnc
Huffington Post - 5 months
The young pig at the outer edge of the immobile transport truck bearing him to slaughter was so terrified and parched that his mouth was foaming. But when the truck stopped at a traffic light and animal activist Anita Krajnc thrust an open water bottle through a ventilation opening, he raised his snout and slurped until the traffic light turned green and the truck revved up and veered around toward Burlington, Ontario's Fearman's Pork Inc., the slaughterhouse across the road. This happens often during Toronto Pig Save slaughterhouse vigils, and other activists also tip water bottles into the gasping mouths of frantic pigs. Twice, I have been one of them, holding out my water bottle and crooning through tears the mantra that encapsulates our mission as well as our despair: "We see you. We're trying. We're sorry. We love you." What was different and unexpected on the June 22, 2015 vigil was that the truck driver, Jeffrey Veldjesgraaf, stepped down and, in a heated exchange captured by ...
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PETA Applauds Montreal. Translation: Dogs Are Going to Die
Huffington Post - 5 months
Nothing indicates the horror of Montreal's pit bull ban more than this: PETA's mealy-mouthed congratulation. In 2012, when a shelter announced its regretful decision to start killing pets, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent them a congratulatory basket of vegan cookies. And now that Ingrid Newkirk's outfit is cheering for Mayor Denis Coderre's shiny new law, it can mean one thing only: a whole lot of dogs are about to die in Quebec. PETA insists, of course -- mid-congratulations -- that they don't wish to see pit bulls killed; they wish to see them "well cared for." (Surely the most gruesome euphemism of the week.) Their concern isn't eradication; it's "breed-specific protection." (Surely the second-most gruesome euphemism of the week.) Unfortunately, back when PETA's founder was a bit more honest about her urges, she wrote -- in a piece that's still online -- that she wanted to see every pit bull in a shelter go out the back door dead. But this is Ingrid ...
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The Era Of Trump And PETA: Not A Good Time To Be Hispanic
Huffington Post - 5 months
It's open season on Mexican-Americans, whether you're a bigot running for president, or an "animal rights" organization fighting for its right to kill pets. It's rare that Trump and PETA are mentioned in the same breath, but get used to it. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal, as you may or may not know, is currently being sued for stealing and killing Maya, a little girl's pet Chihuahua: not an especially unusual act for PETA, but one that was -- uniquely -- captured on surveillance video. Despite PETA's numerous animal-positive arguments -- that the family ought not to be able to sue, because dogs are "worthless" (I kid you not); and that a reasonable person would not consider the theft and killing of a pet "outrageous" (er, really?) -- the judge has permitted the case to go to trial. So what does this have to do with Donald Trump? Nothing much, except that PETA's latest virtuous strategy is to have their lawyers attack the girl's father as not-quite-American, and po ...
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PETA Likens Women To Chickens In Terribly Misguided Tweet
Huffington Post - 8 months
Quick reminder: Women are human beings, chickens are farm animals.  Non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), apparently forgot that rather important fact. On Tuesday, PETA tweeted a quote from the organization's president Ingrid Newkirk that read: "Discrimination is discrimination, and it's wrong. Whether you're a woman or a chicken."  (Pause for eye roll.) “Discrimination is discrimination, and it’s wrong, whether you’re a woman or a chicken,” - PETA President Ingrid Newkirk #StateOfWomen — PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016 The tweet also included the hashtag #StateOfWomen, which was trending on Tuesday for the White House's first-ever United State Of Women Summit. The summit featured conversations about gender equality with activists, politicians and Hollywood stars. As Jezebel's Joanna Rothkopf pointed out, Newkirk was no where to be found on the summit's website. So PETA may have used the hashtag purely to piggyback off of ...
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Ringling Bros. Circus To Retire All Elephants A Year And A Half Early
Huffington Post - about 1 year
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of circus elephant acts with local governments passing "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty. The circus's parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that all of the iconic elephants will be permanently retired to the company's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, located between Orlando and Tampa. The company announced in March that it would retire the full herd to the center by 2018. But once officials began planning details, they realized "we could actually do this a lot sooner" because building the new structures to house the retiring elephants didn't take as long as they originally thought, said Alana Feld, Ringling's executive vice president and show producer. It c ...
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Who Is the Elephant Killer With the Small Gun?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Saturday I wrote about the senseless slaughter of Africa's largest known elephant by a trophy hunter who is believed to be a German national. He is allegedly the man seen smiling and proudly posing with his kill, exchanging a victory high-five with a man who has been described as his hunting guide. He reportedly was on a 21 day hunting trip to Zimbabwe to fulfill his desire to kill species among the so-called "Big Five" - elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo, and rhinos. It has been said that he paid £39,000 ($64,000 U.S.) for a permit to commit his dirty deed. Judging from his trophy photo, it appears he experienced a great deal of pleasure from the death of this elephant-- celebrating the thrill of his kill. His compulsion must have been great to cause him to travel such long distance and to incur such expense to disrupt the life of this animal who had lived in peace and harmony with nature for the past 50 years or so in Africa. But he had his moment of glory at the cost of t ...
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Zara joins angora-free fashion movement
Yahoo News - about 2 years
After M&S, Topshop, Primark, H&M and Forever 21, the Inditex group, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka among other brands, has confirmed that angora fur will no longer feature in its clothing ranges. Animal rights activist group PETA applauded the move by the largest clothing retailer in the world: "When it comes to animal welfare policies, many of their competitors look to them and try to follow in their footsteps," commented the group's president Ingrid Newkirk. In 2013, PETA Asia released shocking undercover video footage showing workers violently ripping the fur out of angora rabbits' writhing bodies.
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PETA Euthanized A Lot Of Animals At Its Shelter In 2014, And No-Kill Advocates Are Not Happy About It
Huffington Post - about 2 years
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed most of the animals at its Norfolk, Virginia, shelter in 2014, according to preliminary figures filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The group euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats and dogs, the vast majority of which were "owner surrenders," meaning that they'd been relinquished to the group voluntarily. Just 23 dogs and 16 cats were adopted. These figures aren't shocking to PETA's long-time critics -- who have for years pointed out the discrepancy between how this prominent animal rights group is perceived, and what they actually do -- but they are leading to a renewed call from no-kill advocates to put the shelter out of business. Here's how long-time PETA critic Nathan Winograd, a well-known shelter reform advocate, recently put it on his Facebook page: How much money did PETA take in last year from unsuspecting donors who helped pay for this mass carnage? $51,933,001: $50,449,023 in con ...
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Pearl Izumi's Dead Dog Running Shoe Ad Gets Critics Howling
Huffington Post - over 3 years
After publishing an ad that implied its shoes enabled owners to run their dogs to death, Pearl Izumi ran into plenty of backlash. Now the brand has attempted to escape the doghouse with an apology: "We made a mistake," it wrote on Facebook. (The story continues below the image.) The ad, featured in Canadian Running magazine, shows a runner in Pearl Izumi shoes performing CPR on what appears to be a dead dog. Underneath the image are the words, "RUN LONGER," followed by an explanation on how the shoe's design makes the wearer's strides smoother. "Sure, not everyone will appreciate your increased efficiency," part of the copy reads. "That was horrifying to me,” Julie Mierau of Omaha, Neb., said in an NBC News story. "It’s offensive to me as a dog lover … that the message is these shoes will make you run so hard you’ll kill your dog." Social media consultant Mike Johansson explained to the network that the ad's imagery is "inherently upsetting" and that corporations often forg ...
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Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jane Velez-Mitchell on Exposed: <i>The Secret Life of Jodi Arias</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jane Velez-Mitchell is a two-time Emmy award winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own program on HLN. She is featured frequently in the media as an expert on high-profile court cases, appearing on CNN, MSNBC HLN, TRU TV and other national television outlets. In 2010, her HLN show garnered a third Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States. Ms. Velez-Mitchell has won two other awards for her program, Celebrity Justice. She is the author of non-fiction books including: Secrets Can Be Murder: What America's Most Sensational Crimes Tell Us About Ourselves; Addict Nation; and I Want: My Journey From Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler Honest Life, which became a New York Times best seller. Her fourth book, which has just been released, is Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias. It's a compelling narrative with inside views of the trial itself, and fully developed profiles of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, presenting views fro ...
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Nathan J. Winograd: Death: The Great Equalizer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For most of his life, my dog, Pickles, has been afraid of strangers. Although age and infirmity have mellowed this tendency, his reaction to the new or foreign has generally been one of suspicion and caution. When approached by a stranger, he lets out a low rumble, then a growl and finally a bark, complete with raised hackles. His message: keep away, the same message his mother repeatedly gave to those who worked at the shelter where she gave birth. Very few people could get near his mother at the shelter. She, too, did not like strangers. I decided to adopt Pickles when he was seven weeks old and just back from foster care. That was 13 years ago. The shelter's dog trainer was with me. Pickles and his brother, Top-Top, were the last two of a litter of five. As I sat on the ground, his brother came running toward me, climbed on top of me, wiggling his whole body in delight. Pickles stayed back, eyeing me suspiciously. It took a lot of coaxing to get him to come to me. The ...
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Ingrid Newkirk: Cyberbullying Is a Dangerous and Sometimes Deadly Game
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Recently, PETA and other shelters who never turn animals away have been attacked by those who deny the heartbreaking crisis animals face because of casual acquisition and the lack of spaying and neutering laws. Let me paint faces on some of the real people who bear the toll of this vitriol. Read More...
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Douglas Anthony Cooper: Boycott Celebs Who Strip for PETA's Death Machine
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Warning: the following graphic photo may distress the reader. PETA's mass extermination of pets has finally worked its way into the public consciousness. Nathan Winograd's recent article -- "Shocking Photos: PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies" -- has gone viral in a way rarely witnessed. There can be very few people who are still unaware that PETA has killed well over 29,000 animals in and around Norfolk, Virginia. The evidence of PETA's carnage may be unfathomable, but it is impossible to deny. If you are a decent animal lover -- especially if you are a devoted PETA supporter -- I'm afraid you are going to be sickened. I'm including only one photograph here, as I have issues with the relentless barrage of these images. This is an Associated Press photo of a puppy killed by Ingrid Newkirk's employees in the back of PETA's mobile death unit: Other corpses were secretly deposited in dumpsters: a grotesque act resulting in criminal charges. Many of the ...
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Ingrid Newkirk: Euthanasia: We Won't Run From What Needs to Be Done!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This post contains graphic images. Back in January, PETA sent out a news release about the number of sick, injured, elderly, and otherwise unadoptable animals we had to euthanize during the previous year. PETA openly publishes these figures every single year and simultaneously calls on the government and citizens to help promote anti-chaining ordinances (many of the dogs our caseworkers encounter are aggressive or horrifically neglected after having been chained outside for their entire lives), to help reduce the cost of euthanasia of old and ill animals who belong to people with a low income (these account for many of the animals PETA helps), and to implement sterilization programs and laws to reduce the homeless-animal crisis. Santana had facial injuries so serious that his right eye was swollen shut and his jaw was broken. In other words, old news is now being regurgitated with a vindictive spin by--among others--a front group for Philip Morris, Outback Steakhouse ...
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Nathan J. Winograd: Shocking Photos: PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Warning: Some of the following graphic photos may distress the reader. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals -- indeed their "ethical treatment." Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority -- 96 percent in 2011 -- exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA's victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ingrid Newkirk
    FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Specter also questioned her about a 2003 letter that she wrote to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to protest the use of a donkey as a suicide bomber. "We are named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals", she replied. "There are plenty of other groups that worry about the humans."
    More Details Hide Details Elsewhere, Newkirk has said: In this business I am very easy to cubby hole. As someone said to me the other day—they had seen the HBO special—and they said, "Are you really a sad obsessed person?" And I thought, No, I'm not really a sad person, except when I lie awake at night in winter thinking about all the animals out without shelter, and then I'm sad! Who wouldn't be? Wouldn't anybody be sad if they have a heart? It's just that I've seen so much. Newkirk has had celebrity friends and admirers who have spoken highly of her. Sam Simon said in an interview: "I learned about animal rights from my favorite person in the whole world, Ingrid Newkirk at PETA." Also, Alec Baldwin contributed the following blurb to Newkirk's book Making Kind Choices: "Ingrid Newkirk is not only a thoughtful animal rights and environmental activist. She is an inspirational leader. A heroine. A woman upon whom so many depend, around the world, for information and guidance. In a world where all animals, everywhere, are more threatened than ever, Ingrid Newkirk is their champion."
    In her will, for example, she has asked that her skin be turned into wallets, her feet into umbrella stands, and her flesh into "Newkirk Nuggets", then grilled on a barbecue. "We are complete press sluts", she told The New Yorker in 2003: "It is our obligation.
    More Details Hide Details We would be worthless if we were just polite and didn't make any waves." Although PETA takes a gradualist approach to improving animal welfare, Newkirk remains committed to ending animal use and the idea that, as PETA's slogan says, "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment". Some animal rights abolitionists, most notably Gary Francione, have criticized PETA, calling it and other groups "the new welfarists". Some members of the animal advocacy movement have responded that Francione's position is unnecessarily divisive. Newkirk has also been criticized for her support of actions carried out in the name of the Animal Liberation Front. Newkirk's position is that the animal rights movement is a revolutionary one and that "thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out". PETA itself, however, "maintains a creed of nonviolence and does not advocate actions in which anyone, human or nonhuman, is injured". Newkirk and PETA have also been criticized for euthanizing many of the animals taken into PETA's shelters, and PETA has responded to this line of criticism.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    The Peace Abbey, in Sherborn, MA, awarded her with the Courage of Conscience award on March 20, 1995.
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    She has been accused of having had advance knowledge of one ALF action. During the 1995 trial of Rod Coronado, in connection with an arson attack at Michigan State University (MSU), U.S. Attorney Michael Dettmer alleged that Newkirk had arranged, in advance of the attack, to have Coronado send her stolen documents from the university and a videotape of the action.
    More Details Hide Details Specter, a Non-vegetarian who did not see eye to eye with her, wrote: Newkirk is well read, and she can be witty. When she is not proselytizing, denouncing, or attacking the ninety-nine per cent of humanity that sees the world differently from the way she does, she is good company. After years of detestable public behavior, however, she has the popular image of a monster. Whenever I mentioned her name to friends, they would recoil. And she becomes more disliked with every peta stunt; she can't walk through an airport without accosting any woman who is wearing fur. She no longer takes vacations in tropical or poor countries like Mexico, because "I spend the whole time rescuing animals from their horrid owners."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 35
    The controversy led to an amendment to the 1985 Animal Welfare Act, became the first animal-rights case to be heard before the United States Supreme Court, and established PETA as an internationally known animal-rights group, with Newkirk as its outspoken president.
    More Details Hide Details Newkirk has been criticized for publicizing actions carried out in the name of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). She supports the goals of the ALF, arguing that "Not until black demonstrators resorted to violence did the national government work seriously for civil rights legislation... In 1850 white abolitionists, having given up on peaceful means, began to encourage and engage in actions that disrupted plantation operations and liberated slaves. Was that all wrong?" She has said that she understands, but shrinks from, actions that involve arson: I do support getting animals out in the same way I would have supported getting human slaves out, child labor, sex slaves, the whole lot. But I don't support burning. I don't support arson. I would rather that these buildings weren't standing, so on some level I understand. I just don't like the idea of that. Maybe that is wishy-washy of me, because I don't want those buildings standing if they are going to hurt anyone. And the ALF has never hurt mice nor mare.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    In March 1980, Newkirk and Pacheco decided to form a group to educate the American public about these ideas, at first consisting of what Newkirk called "five people in a basement".
    More Details Hide Details The couple also fell in love and began living together, although they were very different. Newkirk was older, practical, and very organized, whereas Pacheco spent his time in white painter's overalls eating vegetarian hot dogs straight from the can. The case of the Silver Spring monkeys, an animal-research controversy that lasted ten years, transformed PETA from just Newkirk, Pacheco, and a small group of friends into an international movement. In the summer of 1981, Pacheco took a job as a volunteer inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, so that he and Newkirk would have some firsthand knowledge on which to base their campaigns. Edward Taub, a psychologist, was working there on 17 monkeys. He had cut sensory ganglia that supplied nerves to their arms and legs, then used physical restraint, electric shock, and withholding of food to force them to use the limbs. The idea was to see whether monkeys could be induced to use limbs they could not feel.
    In 1980, Newkirk met Alex Pacheco in a D.C. shelter where he was working as a volunteer.
    More Details Hide Details It was Pacheco who introduced Newkirk to the concept of animal rights. Pacheco presented her with a copy of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation (1975). She has said that Singer had put into words what she had felt intuitively for a long time, and she called Pacheco "Alex the Abdul", a name given to messengers in Muslim stories. The concept of animal rights was at that time almost unheard of in the U.S. The modern animal rights movement had started in England eight years earlier, in 1972, when a group of Oxford University scholars, particularly philosophers, had formed the "Oxford group" to promote the idea that discrimination against individuals on the basis of their species is as irrational as discrimination on the basis of race or sex.
    When she was eighteen, her father joined the United States Air Force and the family moved to Florida, where he worked on designing bombing systems. It was there that she met her husband, Steve Newkirk; the couple divorced in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He introduced her to Formula One racing, which—along with sumo wrestling—remains one of her great passions, according to The New Yorker: "It's sex. The first time you hear them rev their engines, my God! That noise goes straight up my spine." Until she was 22, Newkirk had given no thought to animals rights or even vegetarianism. In 1970, she and her husband moved to Poolesville, Maryland, where she studied to become a stockbroker. A neighbor abandoned some kittens, and Newkirk decided to take them to an animal shelter. She told Specter: Newkirk took a job in the kennels, witnessing the mistreatment of the animals, including physical abuse. Kathy Snow Guillermo writes that Newkirk disinfected kennels by day, and by night studied animal care, animal behavior, and animal-cruelty investigations. She blew the whistle on the shelter and became an animal-protection officer, first for Montgomery County, Maryland, then for the District of Columbia. She became D.C.'s first female poundmaster, persuading the city to fund veterinary services and to set up an adoption program, an investigations department, and a pet sterilization program. By 1976, she was head of the animal-disease-control division of the District of Columbia Commission on Public Health.
    Newkirk founded PETA in March 1980 with fellow animal rights activist Alex Pacheco.
    More Details Hide Details They came to public attention in 1981, during what became known as the Silver Spring monkeys case, when Pacheco photographed 17 macaque monkeys being experimented on inside the Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, Maryland. The case led to the first police raid in the United States on an animal research laboratory and to an amendment in 1985 to the Animal Welfare Act. Since then, Newkirk has led campaigns to stop the use of animals in crash tests, convinced companies to stop testing cosmetics on animals, pressed for higher welfare standards from the meat industry, and organized undercover investigations that have led to government sanctions against companies, universities, and entertainers who use animals. She is known, in particular, for the media stunts that she organizes to draw attention to animal-protection issues.
    Under her leadership in the 1970s as the District of Columbia's first female poundmaster, legislation was passed to create the first spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C., as well as an adoption program and the public funding of veterinary services, leading her to be among those chosen in 1980 as Washingtonians of the Year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on June 11, 1949.
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