Naked animal rights activists lie covered in fake blood in the centre of Barcelona to demand an end to the fur industry

Around 70 animal rights activists stripped naked and smeared their bodies with fake blood to protest the fur industry in central Barcelona.  

The incident took place in the city's Catalunya Square, in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia during Black Friday sales on Sunday, and footage was later widely shared on social media.

The protest was organised by the animal rights organisation Anima Naturalis to make people aware of the 'thousands of animals which are mistreated and murdered every year for the fur industry' and demand that the Spanish authorities ban the practice.

Fur farming has been banned in a number of European countries including the UK and Germany, but remains legal in Spain.  

The protest consisted of dozens of activists lying on the ground while covered in fake blood as a sitting woman holding a sign shouted out 'suffering is not elegant'.