May 24 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
AMERICAN punk legends Anti-Flag curate their own festival, ANTIfest, at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield tomorrow (Thursday).
The Pittsburgh political punks headline at the University of Hertfordshire on a bill also including The Skints, Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers, The Computers and Red City Radio.
Doors to the College Lane entertainment venue open at 5pm and tickets cost £13.
Charity organisations Emmaus, PETA and Amnesty International will also be participating in the event.
As one of the most respected punk bands of the past decade, Anti-Flag have made a career of standing up for what’s right and speaking out against oppression.
And now, following the release of figures highlighting a rise in convictions for cruelty to animals across eastern England, the politi-punks are appearing in a new PETA UK campaign that proclaims: “It only takes a moment to change the life of an animal facing abuse and exploitation. Find your voice”.
Anti-Flag join a long list of musicians – including Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, Steve Forrest, Iggy Pop, Sir Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber – who have teamed up with PETA UK and its affiliates to fight for animals.
“It is imperative that any community faced with animal abuse take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence,” said PETA UK spokesperson Ben Williamson.
“Animal abusers are cowards. They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”
The number of people convicted of cruelty and neglect to animals rose by nearly a quarter last year, according to RSPCA figures released last week.