Born in England in 1949, Ingrid Newkirk is a world-renowned animal rights activist. She presides over the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the self-professed “largest animal rights organization in the world”.

She posts the content of her alleged Will at the website of PETA. In it, she gives the property of her body to her company, PETA, “suggesting”:

“That the meat of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue.”

The will also “suggests” that her body be skinned and the skin used to make purses. Her feet are to be cut off and presumably embalmed, and somehow weighted down and made into umbrella stands.

Ingrid NewkirkFrom wacky to wackier, her Will continues unabated.

Her eyes are to be removed and given to the PETA C.E.O. and:

“My pointing finger be delivered to Kenneth Feld, owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.”

“My liver (to) be vacuum-packed and shipped, in whole or in part, to France, to there be used in a public appeal to persuade shoppers not to support the vile practice of force-feeding geese and ducks for foie gras;

“That one of my ears be removed, mounted, and sent to the Canadian Parliament to assist them in hearing, for the first time perhaps, the screams of the seals, bears, raccoons, foxes, and minks bludgeoned, trapped, and sometimes skinned alive for their pelts; that the other ear be removed, preserved, and displayed outside the Deonar abattoir in Mumbai to remind all who do business there that the screams of the cattle who are slaughtered within its walls are heard around the world;

“That one of my thumbs be removed, mounted upwards on a plaque, and sent to the person or institution that, in the year of my death or thereabouts, PETA decides has done the most to promote alternatives to the use and abuse of animals in any area of their exploitation."

Newkirk grew up in India but now lives in Virginia. As such, her executors will fall under the Code of Virginia, which ought to chill the cannibal BBQ she proposes:

“If a person wilfully and intentionally physically defiles a dead human body he is guilty of a Class 6 felony.”


  • Code of Virginia, Title 18.2 “Crimes and Offenses Generally", §18.2-126
  • Duhaime, Lloyd, Famous Wills
  • Newkirk, Ingrid, Ingrid Newkirk’s Unique Will, at