Written by PETA
Our media maid got a call yesterday from ING, you know, the bench people. They called to ask us—ever so nicely—to remove their logo and the ad we made with Ingrid Newkirk sitting on a bench with a cat looking up at her in the style of their iconic “Life’s Easier on the Bench” ads from the web. We’re all a bit sad to take it down, as we still get a lot of positive remarks about it, but alas, down it shall come.
When I asked Ingrid if this turn of events would sway her from her staunch support of the ING/Renault Formula 1 team, she was adamant that “it most certainly will not” and admonished me for even thinking such a thing. She said the “very polite lad” from ING was complimentary of our work, and that the company will actually consider sponsoring our doghouse and SNIP programs. With beloved dogs in many car commercials these days, and a duck working out investments for another company, that would fit perfectly.
And of course it doesn’t hurt that among the drivers she roots for are Renault/ING’s Giancarlo Fisichella (who she once let take her taxi in the rain) and Heikki Kovalainen, who recorded the difficult pronunciation of his name for her website, and that she still fantasizes about running off to Magny-Cours to change tires for a living once this whole animal rights thing is taken care of.
I'm not sure how many of you know this, but PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk is a huge Formula 1 fan. She always jokes that when PETA achieves animal liberation she is moving to France to be a F1 pit hound. Actually, she probably isn’t joking.
Anyway, as reliably as the sun rising in the morning, if there is a F1 race on, Ingrid is watching it, and the first race of the season two weekends ago was no exception. The financial services company ING is the major sponsor of the Renault team. Ingrid is a big Renault fan, and even has a couple of Renault drivers—Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen—featured on her F1 press pronunciation assistance site, NameThatDriver.com.
If you’re not into F1—and if you live in America I realize that you’re probably not—you may be thinking, “so what?” Well, coincidentally, it turns out that Ingrid has just finished shooting a PETA ad parodying the iconic ING “It’s easier on the bench” ads. I’m sure you’ve seen those.
And here are a just a few ways PETA made animals’ lives easier over the past year:
Pretty cool, huh?
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