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As well as giving a rare live performance of his own, singer Paul McCartney hosts PETA's Concert for Party Animals - a once-in-a-lifetime event attended by countless stars from all aspects of the entertainment industry. Musical guests include the B-52's, often associated with PETA, as well as Chrissie Hynde who, announcing that "this one's for the animals," sings I'll Stand By You.
To begin with though, McCartney introduces the first of many guests that evening, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, who uses her own recent personal experiences to remarkably good effect. "I get a lot of people quoting the Bible at me," she states and uses the opportunity to quote some biblical passages herself. The positive and appreciative response from the audience to "Thou shalt not kill," is bettered only by the even greater response she receives after pointing out that there's no footnote or fine print following that statement and that "it doesn't say in brackets afterwards 'except for animals'. It just says, 'Thou shalt not kill'."
There's a huge collection of extra features in this DVD. For the first time, both River's and Joaquin Phoenix's PETA public service announcements are available for viewing in full here. But, if that's the only motive for someone wanting to watch this DVD, they might as well stop reading now.
The video footage on the left was taken by an undercover PETA operative at one of America's many "fur farms." Despite losing it's right paw this fox wasn't destroyed (humanely or otherwise) and it certainly didn't receive any medical treatment. With the rest of the animal's fur undamaged the fox was left there until it was time to be skinned. Not being fed or watered properly, many of these animals turn to cannibalism and eat their cage-mates but for the animals that do survive this ordeal, such as this brave little fox, death comes painfully by means of electrocution with a metal anal probe.
Half-a-dozen celebrities present startling exposés like this. Circuses and puppy mills are investigated, for example, and Pamela Anderson Lee, who would go on to win an award later that evening, takes on the leather trade asking why it is that so many are against wearing fur, whilst at the same time feel that it's okay to wear leather? The footage she introduces, exposing the truth behind how cattle are treated by the world's biggest exporter of leather, India, makes for some appalling viewing.
It's the report by actor James Cromwell, famous for his role in the children's pig movie Babe, in which the most sickening examples of animal cruelty are presented. Video footage is shown demonstrating the common working practices employed at a North Carolina pig farm. Here, pigs who've suffered a lifetime of beatings, have become lame as a result and are unable to get up, never mind walk, lie helplessly whilst their heads are crushed with concrete blocks, bludgeoned with pipe wrenches or, as in the example on the right, their throats are slit as slowly as possible. A bolt gun, that would have killed this animal instantly, was available in the back of the vehicle pictured, but it wasn't used. The workers stand around laughing proudly. It's much more fun this way.