PETA’s Top 7 Facebook Posts of 2014

Published by Emily Savage.

What makes for a popular Facebook post? For PETA, it’s about evoking a strong emotion. This year, our most-talked-about posts exposed the cruelty inflicted on billions of animals every year, including electrocution, beatings, and stabbings.

Disturbing images aside, these posts were seen and shared by the most people on Facebook because they made viewers feel something—sadness, horror, anger, and even triumph—about animals. Take a look for yourself:

7) PETA’s video exposé of the world’s top wool exporter left people speechless.

Number of people who live in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city: 4.6 million
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 5.4 million

6) Ricky Gervais dropped a truth bomb on hunters in this popular post and prompted a round of comment applause.

Number of cheetahs left in the world today: around 10,000
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 6.8 million

5) This artist’s powerful reinterpretation of a cruel “sport” was liked by more than 93,000 people.

Number of bullfights in Spain in 2013: 661
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 7.5 million

4) More than 190,000 people shared this promise to their rescued dogs and cats.

Number of dogs and cats euthanized every year: 3 to 4 million
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 12.9 million

3) The story of one single arctic fox, electrocuted for his fur, drew mass outrage.

Number of minks skinned for their fur in 2006: 2.86 million
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 13.9 million

2) After we posted this horrifying video footage, people took to Air France’s Facebook page to urge the company to stop shipping primates to laboratories.

Number of Air France aircrafts: 350
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 20.7 million

1) Animals were stolen, electrocuted, and beaten: This shocking circus video was shared nearly 180,000 times:

Number of captive elephants in the world: 7,800
Number of people reached by this Facebook post: 21.8 million

What You Can Do

Speak up for more animals by sharing these posts on Facebook.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind