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FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Mistreatment of Dog on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Mistreatment of Dog on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

By now, you may have seen the shocking video from the set of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose in which an animal handler appears to force a terrified German shepherd–type dog into the waters of an intensely swirling pool. Amid the controversy, the film’s Los Angeles premiere was canceled, and while this was a positive development, it isn’t enough. The apparent on-set incident, which is hard to watch, may come as an unwelcome surprise to unsuspecting moviegoers who care about dogs.

Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU)—the company that, according to a facility manager, supplied the dogs used in the film—was the subject of a recent PETA investigation, which uncovered chronic neglect at a facility operated by BAU. Watch the video here.

Join us in informing the public about the mistreatment that was documented on the set of A Dog’s Purpose—and help spread the message never to buy a ticket to a movie that uses live animals—by handing out leaflets to those who plan on seeing the film. Together, we can spread the word that animals aren’t “actors” and that they often suffer both on and off camera when used for entertainment.

Please fill out the form below (for U.S. and Canada residents only) and we’ll send you a free stack of leaflets to hand out to folks outside your local theater. (Be sure to check the show times so that you reach people before they purchase a ticket!)

Note: If you need your leaflets immediately, you can download and print a black and white version or a color version

All fields in bold are mandatory.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us. By submitting this form, you are also signing up for PETA’s Action Team.

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Bizarre video of Alexa (not) talking about the CIA sparks conspiracy theories


In light of Wikileaks’ shocking revelations of the CIA’s huge arsenal of tools for remote hacking, discussions of online privacy are bound to proliferate across the web in the coming days – and one bizarre video of Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant Alexa is already sparking all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. Redditors are freaking out over a clip that shows Alexa deliver answers to a rigorous line of questioning with regards to its “connection” to the CIA. As seen in the video, an anonymous woman asks Amazon’s virtual assistant a series of questions, starting with a simple inquiry into the authenticity of Alexa’s answers.…

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FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Alleged Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Alleged Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

By now, you may have seen the shocking video from the set of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose in which an animal handler appears to force a terrified German shepherd–type dog into the waters of an intensely swirling pool. Now, amid the controversy, the film’s Los Angeles premiere has been canceled, and while this is a positive development, it isn’t enough. The apparent on-set incident, which is hard to watch, may come as an unwelcome surprise to unsuspecting moviegoers who care about dogs.

Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU)—the company that, according to a facility manager, supplied the dogs used in the film—was the subject of a recent PETA investigation, which uncovered chronic neglect at a facility operated by BAU. Watch the video here.

Join us in informing the public about the abuse that was documented on the set of A Dog’s Purpose—and help spread the message never to buy a ticket to a movie that uses live animals—by handing out leaflets to those who plan on seeing the film. Together, we can spread the word that animals aren’t “actors” and that they often suffer both on and off camera when used for entertainment.

Please fill out the form below (for U.S. and Canada residents only) and we’ll send you a free stack of leaflets to hand out to folks outside your local theater. (Be sure to check the show times so that you reach people before they purchase a ticket!)

All fields in bold are mandatory.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us. By submitting this form, you are also signing up for PETA’s Action Team.

Want other ways to help animals?

The post FREE Leaflets for Moviegoers About Alleged Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ appeared first on PETA.

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Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to talk about and lust after cars


Amazon has introduced Amazon Vehicles, a forum where car enthusiasts can chat about their favorite vehicles — and design their dream car. Vehicles is an extension of Automotive, Amazon’s marketplace for buying actual cars parts like tires or air filters. Similarly, Vehicles is an offshoot of Amazon Garage, which lets you store information about cars you already own. It sounds confusing because it is. Amazon has created three different auto destinations, and while all have their own purpose, it could (read: should) be one service. But Vehicles is meant for the big picture. A quick jaunt through Amazon Vehicles is…

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Riot Games investor Mitch Lasky is wary about funding VR

Benchmark's Mitch Lasky at Casual Connect.


Niantic Labs’ John Hanke will be delivering a fireside chat for AR/VR day (augmented reality/virtual reality) at GamesBeat 2016. Get a ticket here!


Mitch Lasky has scored a lot of big investments as a general partner at Benchmark: He was an early investor in Snapchat, NaturalMotion, Gaikai, and Riot Games. But he is wary about investing in virtual reality game companies, Lasky said during a fireside chat at the Casual Connect USA game conference in San Francisco.

“A lot of venture capitalists jumped into VR. It is a dramatically overfunded space. The consensus is VR is the next big platform. Facebook says it is the new mobile phone. I don’t share that view,” he said Tuesday.

He added, “You watch sports on TV, and see ads for the Samsung Gear VR. That is nascent. It scares me as an investor. I have seen 20 or 30 demos. I have not seen a lot of what I would consider to be finished products.” He noted the the high-fidelity headsets do produce a great, “intense, emotional, visceral experience” when someone tries VR for the first time.

Lasky has been bold before. He started Jamdat Mobile in 2000 and sold it to Electronic Arts for $ 680 million in 2005, just before the big iPhone wave. The real market for mobile games emerged in 2008.

Now, he has seen hundreds of investors invest in VR companies.

“When I look at it more structurally, I’d say something that may sound a little strange. Perhaps the Facebook acquisition of Oculus wasn’t the greatest thing for the development of virtual reality in the long-run,” Lasky said. “It set such a high watermark, and it rung the bell so loudly for the industry, that it sort of forced the hand.”

He warned that companies that are making heavy-duty 3D shooter games using the Unreal Engine probably have a long wait before they get a pay off.

“It’s good to be careful with your cash and burn rate,” Lasky said in a conversation with game veteran Eric Goldberg. “You have to keep a 30 or 40 person team alive until the commercial opportunity catches up with the technology. That’s an expensive proposition, a $ 5 million to $ 10 million a year cost. If you don’t get that right. … I would make sure I have a plan to survive if the projections for sales don’t work out.”

With mobile phones, he said that mobile games had a “tail wind that VR doesn’t have.” People already had and used their mobile phones, so it wasn’t as hard to get them to use it as a game-playing device. One of the interesting hot spots that Lasky is keeping his eye one, however, is Chinese investments in VR.

He also noted the success of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game from Niantic Labs based on intellectual property from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. He said it is not reproducible, because its success was so dependent on the pent-up demand for Pokémon games on mobile.

He is fascinated with the rise of Twitch, game spectating, and Internet video sharing. He believes that is where more interesting companies will develop.

“I am super-long on spectating and video,” he said.

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Reasons Inbound Marketing Campaigns Fail – And What To Do About It! [Infographic]

ThinkstockPhotos-530976247.jpgImplementing an Inbound Marketing campaign is not always an easy process.

Sure, you may be aware of the individual components that Inbound marketing campaigns need. But putting those pieces together can be hard. It’s easy to go wrong, make mistakes, and end up with results that are wildly different from your goals.Campaign mistakes can dramatically hinder lead generation and ROI performance. So to help you avoid error in your strategy planning, here are the most common mistakes that Inbound campaigns encounter – and how to fix them.

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