Save Ralph isn’t your average animated short. The film, which was released today, may look like a cute story of a rabbit at first glance, but it’s a much darker and more important tale. The new stop-motion short is helping spread an urgent and heartbreaking message about the cruelty of animal testing and the need to ban the inhumane practice. Save Ralph, which comes from Humane Society International, uses a rabbit named Ralph to demonstrate the horrors of cosmetic testing on animals.
As Ralph walks the viewer through his daily life as a “tester,” which includes horrible suffering as a result of cosmetic testing, he acts as a symbol for all animals still living in pain every day because of the practice, which remains legal in much of the globe, but has been banned in 40 countries so far.
“Animal testing just makes me angry. There’s no justification for dripping chemicals in rabbits’ eyes or force-feeding them to rats just to make lipsticks and shampoo,” Ricky Gervais, who stars in the short film, said in a press release. “Science has evolved enough to give us non-animal solutions to end this terrible cruelty—it’s time for our humanity to catch up.”
Whether you’re a dedicated animal lover or new to the cause, Save Ralph is a must-watch. Here’s what you need to know to watch Save Ralph.
WHERE TO WATCH SAVE RALPH:
You’ve got a few options to watch Save Ralph. The animal rights film is available to watch on the Humane Society International website, and is also available on YouTube. Or, you can just watch it with a single click in the video below.
HOW TO WATCH SAVE RALPH:
Watching Save Ralph is totally free. Just head to the HSI website or YouTube, click play, and you’re all set. If you’re feeling inspired to make a change after watching Save Ralph, sign the petition to end cosmetic testing on animals, which is available on the HSI website, where you can learn more about the cause and find other ways to help.
SAVE RALPH CAST: WHO IS IN SAVE RALPH?
Save Ralph has an all-star cast helping to share its pressing message. The film stars Taika Waititi as Ralph, plus Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, and Tricia Helfer. Save Ralph comes from writer and director Spencer Susser and producer Jeff Vespa.
“Animals in cosmetic testing labs don’t have a choice and it’s our responsibility to do something about it,” Susser said in a press release. “When the opportunity came up to create a new campaign for Humane Society International, I felt that stop motion was the perfect way to deliver the message.
When you see the horrifying reality of the way animals are treated, you can’t help but look away. What I was hoping to do with this film was create something that delivers a message without being too heavy handed,” he continued. “I hope that audiences fall in love with Ralph and want to fight for him and other animals like him, so we can ban animal testing once and for all.”
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