Ask Hermès to Stop Selling Items Made From Crocodile and Alligator Skins!
conducted an eyewitness investigation into the exotic-skins trade and found live
reptiles sawed open and left to bleed to death on farms that supply skins to luxury
The investigation encompassed an alligator farm in
Texas and a crocodile facility in Zimbabwe, both of which send skins to Hermès-owned
tanneries. The shocking abuses uncovered include the following:
- Tens of thousands of crocodiles
confined to barren concrete pits from birth to slaughter
- Workers cutting and hacking into
more than 500 conscious alligators as they struggled to escape
- Alligators who still moved their legs and tails
in the bleed rack and in bloody ice bins several minutes after their attempted
Read more about the investigation here.
Alligator skins are turned into "luxury"
items such as watch straps, while crocodile belly skins are used to make items
such as the Hermès-designed "Birkin" and "Kelly" handbags,
which can cost £30,000 or more. It takes
two or three crocodiles to make just one handbag.
Please speak out for these animals! Use the form
below to send a message to Hermès management demanding that the company stop
selling items made from alligator and crocodile skins.
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