‘Free the Animals’: The Book Joaquin Phoenix Wants You to Read!

Three decades ago, a landmark book spawned a whole generation of animal activists by revealing the world of Animal Liberation Front raids that gave abused animals back their lives. In PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s Free the Animals, we meet “Valerie,” a 23-year-old police officer whose animal rights journey suddenly leads her to commit crimes in order to save animals.

A new 30th anniversary edition of Free the Animals has been released to bring this inspiring story to the forefront once again. You won’t want to miss out on this updated version of a timeless tale, which has an introduction by rock star Chrissie Hynde and a foreword by award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix.

You’ll go behind closed laboratory doors through uplifting and extraordinary true accounts (and exclusive backstories) of animal rescues—including of four baby chimpanzees who were saved in the nick of time and a bloodhound who went from a filthy cage to a fabulous country home. Learn about the ordinary people who were moved to do extraordinary things—and challenge the system by taking daring, direct action.

Don’t just take our word for it! Read the new foreword by compassionate actor Joaquin Phoenixclick here to order your copy of the book, and be sure to check back with PETA Prime regularly for snippets and highlights from the book. Stay tuned!