PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk says she’s sending Elon Musk a third of her heart

PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk says she’s sending Elon Musk a third of her heart

  • Ingrid Newkirk, who cofounded PETA, says she’s sending part of her heart to Elon Musk.
  • “I thought of my heart, because I don’t think he has one,” Newkirk told Rolling Stone.
  • The activist condemned animal experiments conducted by Musk’s company, Neuralink.

The cofounder of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said she’s amended her will to send billionaire Elon Musk a piece of her heart, because she thinks he doesn’t have one.



Ingrid Newkirk, 74, spoke to Rolling Stone’s Miles Klee about her decision to send parts of her body around the world when she dies, as part of a campaign spreading awareness for animal rights.

She’s sending Musk a third of her heart, she told Klee in an interview published on Wednesday. But she doesn’t want people to think it’s because she loves the Tesla CEO.

“So they don’t misunderstand me, I thought of my heart, because I don’t think he has one,” Newkirk said.

Newkirk said Musk is undoubtedly “brilliant.” But she condemned animal experiments conducted by Neuralink, a company owned by Musk that aims to develop a microchip that can be embedded in the human brain.



The company is facing a federal probe over potential animal-welfare violations. Reuters reported in December that the firm had killed around 1,500 animals in its experiments, including more than 280 sheep, pigs, and monkeys, since 2018. Neuralink has denied accusations of animal cruelty in its testing.

Newkirk made similar comments in a Monday interview with the Daily Express’ Kat Hopps.

“He doesn’t seem to have a heart so I’m going to give him a part of mine,” she said. “He can clone it and try to develop his own.”

The activist said she felt Musk was “out of touch,” and accused him of believing he’s “above it all.”



He can do absolutely anything, he’s so rich, he holds the ace. I don’t think he feels he needs to listen to anybody. You hear him on all sorts of issues, and he’s completely out of touch,” she told Hopps.

Other intended recipients of Newkirk’s body parts include kings and presidents, according to a roundup posted by PETA.

Each delivery is meant to send a symbolic message. King Felipe VI of Spain is to receive one of Newkirk’s ears in protest of bullfighting. The governor of Alaska is to be sent her lungs because of sled dog racing, and the sitting US president at the time of her death is slated to get Newkirk’s lips if the turkey pardon is still upheld.

Newkirk didn’t shy away from the idea that her will amendment might be perceived as a stunt.

“I decided to try to use it as a way to get attention for some very serious issues surrounding cruelty to animals in all manner of ways,” she told Rolling Stone.

Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent by Insider outside regular business hours.

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