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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (October 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930051220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930051225
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ingrid E. Newkirk, 56, author of the book Making Kind Choices (St. Martin's, January 2005), is founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world.

Her campaigns to promote cruelty-free living have made the front pages of The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She was named a top business people of the year in Forbes magazine, and has been profiled in The New Yorker and twice in People Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King, Politically Incorrect, Crossfire, Nightline, 60 Minutes and 20/20 among others and enjoys a lively debate and the opportunity to show how easy it is to make animal-friendly choices.

Newkirk has spoken internationally on animal protection issues, from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, where she spent her childhood. She is the author of numerous opinion pieces and articles on the social implications of our treatment of animals and helped to pass the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She is currently campaigning to end the live flaying of lambs for Australian Merino wool.

Ms. Newkirk served as a deputy sheriff; as a Maryland state law enforcement officer for 32 years; she has been director of cruelty investigations for the second oldest humane society in the U.S.; and serves in an advisory capacity on numerous animal protection boards. In 1980, she was named Washingtonian of the Year, and has since received many other accolades and awards, including a 1995 Courage of Conscience Award, a 2001 Animal Protection Hall of Fame Award, 2002 Living Legacy Award and 2004 Activist of the Year Awards.

Ingrid Newkirk achieved the passage of legislation to create a spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C., coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a scientist on cruelty to animals charges and helped pass into law the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She spearheaded the closure of Department of Defense underground 'wound laboratory,' and has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors' crash tests on animals.

She is the author of several other books, including 'You Can Save the Animals!', 'PETA's Celebrity Cookbook' and '250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You.'

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It's a great book, it has great stories and very interesting and compelling philosophy.
G.T.
Anyone who loves animals MUST read this book and those who aren't fond of animals...this book will change your way of thinking.
Melissa D. Height
Besides Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, this is by far the best "Animal Rights" book I have ever read.
A. Vegan

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Melissa D. Height on February 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone who loves animals MUST read this book and those who aren't fond of animals...this book will change your way of thinking. Each rescue the liberators performed made me hold my breath in anticipation. I cried one minute and the next minute I cheered for every liberation. I read this book in only two days...unable to put it down. I have always loved animals, but this book will make you realize that animals aren't just cute and fluffy, but they are individuals who equally deserve a chance at survival. They feel pain, sadness and happiness just as any human does. I would recommend this book to anyone who is eager to learn more about animal rights!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Devin R. Murdock on June 15, 2003
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This type of literature makes most people uncomfortable. As you sit reading on your leather couch with a mouthful of dead animal flesh it is hard to not feel some remorse. What the people of this world do in the name of gourmet dining and fashion is revolting. What they do in the name of science is nothing less then sadistic and barbaric. Would the people that call ALF "criminals" say the same thing about the people who broke the law in the old south to help slaves escape? This book may not contain the most concise writing on the subject - (Try Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation") - but it does bring to light some important information about a group of modern day heroes and the cause they support.
To the people who posted reviews of this book that made fun of the cause itself or whined about saving lives I dare them to post their email address next time they want to show the world what total morons they really are.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carolynn C. Ross on October 22, 2002
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This book is the most exciting animal rights book ever! Most books are just facts and information, this is a true story of the most wonderful people ever created! They show what lengths one should go to for something they believe in! If you are interested in animals or just a good read, read this book! I could read it over and over and still be surprized and dazzled!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Vegan on May 9, 2003
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Besides Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, this is by far the best "Animal Rights" book I have ever read. While I may not agree 100% with what the ALF does, I do agree that animals are not ours to experiment on. If you're new to the Animal Rights movement, this book will shock you. It's appalling to read what is done to these poor, helpless animals. The book is about "Valerie" and how the ALF started in North America. Reading the stories will probably make you cry.. but then you'll cheer!!! At the end of the book, "Valerie" makes a plea to all readers to do something. Whether it be volunteering your time at the shelter, adopting a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, boycotting companies who test on animals and so forth. Just do something.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "highfades" on February 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I can't even begin to explain how much i was moved by this true story of an animal rights activist and her devotion to the rescue of tortured animals. Written by Ingrid Newkirk,the President of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), this book is the best account of the trials and tribulations of the Animal Liberation Front to date.
For those of you who don't know, the Animal Liberation Front is a group of animal rights activists who believe in direct action as opposed to protests and other grassroots activities. They are also second after the KKK on the governments list of domestic terrorists. Terrorists? Definitely not, as in their history they have never hurt one person. This in stark contrast to the people they're up against, who torture and kill hundreds of thousands of animals every year.
I guarantee those of you who claim to be animal lovers will get your money's worth with this one. Great book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Uruviel Ancalímon on November 3, 2002
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This book is a tool for myth shattering. When I first started reading it, I was gripped with suspense, especially because it's fact, not fiction. The real reasons behind the ALF are outlined in this book.. and the fact that the ALF does not condone violence, but liberation of non-human animals.
People may label the ALF as "terrorists", but the real terrorists are outlined in this book: vivisectionists breaking every law ever written on humane treatment, factory farms and their intense suffering (and more law breaking inhumanities), even government experiments and the conflict of interest surrounding them.
A definite must-read!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Garbato on May 22, 2003
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As an animal rights advocate, I have mixed feelings about both ALF and PETA. While I understand why some people resort to direct action, I'm unsure as to whether it actually hurts the movement in the long run.
Having said that, I found this book to be inspirational, but overall rather bland. "Free the Animals" reads like a novel, but one aimed at adolescents. It's a bit long, but goes quickly, as its writing style is rather juvenile. The story is a moving one, but ultimately I didn't really gain anything by reading it; it's comprised mostly of anectdotes rather than providing a comprehensive overview of animal experimentation (to be fair, it doesn't claim to do so). It was hardly impartial, especially in regards to PETA, as it was written by Ingrid Newkirk (PETA's role in some of the incidents seemed to be over-exaggerated to me).
This book, in my opinion, would make an appropriate gift for a high-schooler who's interested in animals but hasn't yet adopted a humane (read: vegetarian or vegan) lifestyle. I would describe the book's reading level as young adult, and it should be enough to inspire an AR ethic in any concerned animal lover (another good book for this purpose would be "Slaughterhouse" by Gail Eisnitz). However, don't buy this book if you're looking for anything more.
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