PETA’s ‘Eye To Eye’ Delivers A Haunting VR Portrayal Of Animal Cruelty

PETA’s ‘Eye To Eye’ Delivers A Haunting VR Portrayal Of Animal Cruelty

The world’s largest animal rights organization hopes VR’s immersive capabilities can finally put animals and humans on equal terms.

With over 6.5 million active members and supporters spread across the globe, PETA, or the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” animal rights organization is the largest in existence. According to PETA’s Mobile Clinics Division, in 2017 the massive organization spent a whopping $57,325,933 on just its outreach programs alone, spaying as well as neutering 13,250 cats and dogs in the process.

Whatever your opinion of the association and their methods may be, that’s still an impressive amount of resources being dedicated towards the better treatment of animals. This is due in large part to PETA’s willingness to adopt new methods and technology in order to spread awareness. This includes everything from a series of controversial and risque promotional campaigns designed to specifically stir up conflict, or an official video game for the Nintendo Switch, the organization is no stranger to the “out of the box” advertising mentality.

Keeping in tune with their “out of the box” advertising mentality, PETA has now thrown its hat into the VR ring with an official VR experience designed to leverage the technologies immersive to help you better empathize with our furry, four-legged brethren. The best way to go about this you ask? By putting you face to face with a talking rabbit of course!

“What if we could have a conversation with an animal,” spoke PETA co-founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk.  What if the animal would ask us why we lock him or her up, why we eat them or turn them into clothing? For the first time, humans and animals meet on equal terms to have a conversation that will open people’s eyes and hearts.”

Developed by PETA Germany in direct partnership with both digital agency Demodern and creative agency Kolle Rebbe, Eye to Eye puts users, well, “eye to eye” with a talking rabbit as the welcoming creature begins engaging in friendly conversation.

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