- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Lantern Books (October 21, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930051220
- ISBN-13: 978-1930051225
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Free the Animals : The Story of the Animal Liberation Front Paperback – October 21, 2000
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More About the Author
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.'
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This pioneer of the animal liberation movement provides a compelling perspective that should not be lost on anyone with a warm heart. Though people may quibble with some of Ms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jerry Parisella
I've read a lot of books about animals and the animal rights movement, and Free the Animals is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by HMOORE123
Even though I've read all of Ms. Newkirk's books, this truly is an engrossing read. It digs deep into what makes advocates "tick" and how they stay motivated to take action in the... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Jennifer O'connor
It's a great book. I love to read almost anything about animals. I can
hardly put it down. I think you would enjoy it. Very interesting.
Free the Animals is a must-read for any animal rights activist, written by someone who has been the lynchpin of the movement for decades. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Heidi
Anyone who claims to love animals should read this book. I'm not usually a fan of the fiction-style narrative, but the content is absolutely incredible, and inspirational. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by A. Fandl
I know PETA supporters are going to slam this review with "unhelpful" ratings, but Ingrid Newkirk is the biggest hyporcrite/nihilist living. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010
Great book, well written. Opensup your eyes more as to what goes on in those laboratories.Published on December 25, 2009 by sandra d lindblad
This book is the true story of the Animal Liberation Front in the 90's. Full history of how it started and it talks a little bit about why the founder of the American ALF left the... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by J. L. Lenard