The 11 Most Important Animal Rights Videos of 2013

The following 11 videos helped a lot of animals this year—watch the ones that look interesting, then go and make the world a better place for animals:

11. “Fur Hurts—Art and Activism Collide”

An inspiring video showing how 550,386 stickpins got people to stop wearing fur. Required viewing for anyone interested in effective advocacy.

10. “98% Human”

This groundbreaking (and award-winning) public service announcement (PSA), created in tandem with BBDO and The Mill, is computer-generated proof that animals don’t belong in movies.

Watch how this video was made.

9.   “James Cromwell Arrested Protesting UW Cat Experiments”

The Emmy-winner took celebrity activism to the next level when he interrupted a University of Wisconsin–Madison regents meeting in behalf of cats abused in cruel brain experiments at the school.

8.   “Olivia Munn Exposes Never Before Seen Footage on Chinese Fur Farms”

Olivia Munn narrates this shocking exposé showing the horrors that animals endure on Chinese fur farms (NSFW).

7. “PETA Fandangoing for Animals”

This quirky video pays homage to fleet-footed World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Fandango.

Trust us, it’s a thing.

6.   “Joaquin Phoenix Is Drowning”

Joaquin Phoenix lent his considerable acting talents to this PSA, which shows what fish endure when they are pulled from the water.

5.   “Runway Reversal”

The video uses cutting-edge animation and a shocking reversal to show that animals are not ours to wear.

4.   “Exposé: Live Lobsters, Crabs Torn Apart”

This video revealed to hundreds of thousands of people how millions of lobsters and crabs are dismembered alive each year (NSFW).

3.   “Miss USA Winners Bare All and Say NO to Fur”

This video featuring nearly naked beauty queens spread the anti-fur message far and wide (NSFW).

2.   “Glass Walls”

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s wrong with eating animals?” this is the video to watch. One of the most important videos you’ll ever see (NSFW).

1.   “The Truth Behind Angora Fur”

This beyond-shocking video revealed the horrific truth behind angora fur (NSFW).

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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