PETA to Stage Protest at Cannes

NEW YORK People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it plans to protest the use of exotic animals in advertising at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The animal-rights group will place a nude protester in a cage, painted like a tiger, at the entrance of the festival’s main hall, Palais de Festivals, holding a sign reading “Wild Animals Don’t Belong in Ads.”

“We decided to protest at the Cannes Festival this year because it’s the 50th jubilee, so it will be getting a lot of attention,” said PETA representative Michael McGraw.

The group is not protesting any specific ads at the festival, McGraw said, but trying to reach advertising executives in general with their message that animals from the wild should not be used in ads.

“We’re encouraging advertising executives to market products without using captive, exotic animals,” McGraw said.

A representative for the festival said she was not aware of the protest and had no comment about it.

This is the first time PETA has planned to protest the advertising festival. The Norfolk, Va.-based organization made headlines earlier this month with a poster campaign showing Vogue editor Anna Wintour grimacing along with the copy, “Fur is worn by beautiful animals & ugly people.”