Peta launches searing animal cruelty in fashion ad by House 337

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House 337 has put a band of singing abused animals centre stage in an unvarnished new online and social media campaign for Peta highlighting animal cruelty in fashion.

It is the first time the iconic charity has teamed up with the agency to campaign against wearing any animal-based products at all, even wool, and encouraged consumers to embrace vegan fashion.

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Set on a farm reminiscent of classic children’s TV shows of bygone decades, actress and comedian Jessie Cave meets wholesome, seemingly cheery puppet animals who burst into an upbeat, catchy, yet gruesome song about the cruel treatment they endure in the name of fashion.

This powerful and memorable video, which will roll out from March 22nd, is part of Peta’s ongoing work to re-educate the public about using animal products in fashion.

It offers an unflinching explanation of how clothes are really made and the consequences for the animals involved. However, the campaign ends with a message of hope, asking the audience to: “Shop like their lives depend on it”.

Created with production studio BlinkInk, it will run across Peta’s owned social media channels, including Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

The two-year campaign will be backed by an undisclosed media spend to promote it across Instagram and Facebook.

It is the debut advert from Will Wightman, who signed for BlinkInk after winning the best director award at the BFI Future Film Festival last year.

As well as directing the film he also wrote the song, with sound effects and musical development coming from String & Tins.

Elisa Allen VP of Programs and Operations at Peta, said: “This campaign is part entertainment and part education. We believe it is a compelling and powerful way to highlight what is done to animals in the name of fashion.

“This sharable video will support us in spreading the word that animals are not materials and inspire people to shop for vegan clothing and accessories.”

Commenting on the campaign, Steve Hawthorne, Creative Director at House 337, said: “A big part of the challenge with these sorts of projects is finding a fresh and engaging way to talk to people that avoids using the same old finger-wagging shock tactics many charities use.

“That is where our band of cute-but-grotesque puppets came in. We’re very happy with the final film and really hope that it gets people to question the clothes they buy and where they come from.”

Peta approached House 337 to work on the campaign following the success of the agency’s 2020 work with the wildlife charity Born Free Foundation.

BlinkInk Director, Will Wightman, said: “My work up until now has always been about working with whatever resources I can get my hands on, so the chance to create something more authored and designed was an amazing experience.

“This project was all about tone for me; combining a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour with these intense emotional beats felt like an amazing way to talk about this subject in a new and impactful way.

“I feel insanely lucky to have worked on such an important project and to do so alongside such an outstanding group of creative and technical minds. No one does it like BlinkInk.”