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In pics: Protesters strip for 'blood-soaked' anti-leather demo in Spain

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In pics: Protesters strip for 'blood-soaked' anti-leather demo in Spain
Photo: AnimaNaturalis
11:47 CET+01:00
Nearly 200 protesters stripped off and covered themselves in fake blood in Barcelona this weekend to protest against the use of animal skins in clothing.

It was a chilly day in Barcelona, but the cold weather did not stop dozens of people from stripping off all in the name of animal rights. 

"Every year, this demo is getting bigger and bigger and thanks to social media, we are getting more attention than ever," Francisco Vásquez Neira, the president of AnimaNaturalis International, which staged the protest, told The Local. 

Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

"For the tenth consecutive year, more than a hundred people from around Spain and across the world gathered in Barcelona to brave the cold winter temperatures and get naked to protest against the use of animal skin," AnimaNaturalis said on its website. 

Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

The naked activists doused themselves in fake blood in the protest, which took place on Sunday in Plaza Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona.

They lay one on top of the other in the protest "like the bodies of the dead animals once they have been skinned", according to AnimaNaturalis.

Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Activists held up signs that said "How many lives just for a coat?" in English, Spanish and Catalan. 

"Leather garments have been wrongly associated with luxury and fashion and this is the way of thinking that must change because if there is no demand, there will be no supply," said Aída Gascón the head of AnimaNaturalis in Spain. 

"Nowadays there are many alternative clothing options without taking the skin and the life of an animal," she added. 

Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

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