LVMH campaigns to stop selling exotic skins
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March 2, 2021
Moira Collie 202-483-7382
New York – New MAP Asia investigation on a farm in Vietnam that supplies snakeskin for use in the global leather industry bears witness to horrific cruelty against snakes, including sealing their mouth and anus with rubber bands, then inflating them to death with an air compressor, crushing their hearts and inflicting severe pain. In response to the findings, PETA is urging LVMH to stop capitalizing on the suffering and death of snakes and to ban the use of exotic leather.
PETA Asia footage shows the snake’s tail moving during deadly inflation, indicating pythons may still be alive as workers rip off their skin and gut them. The investigator did not see anyone checking vital signs before the start of the massacre. The snakes were kept in tight, dirty wire cages without water, food, or any additives. Upon learning that many of them have ticks, a PETA Asia researcher asked about veterinary care, and the worker replied, “What’s the point? [of treating the snakes]? We skin them anyway. ”
“Instead of exploring the lush jungle and swamps and experiencing all the sensory pleasures they are so keen on, the snakes used for their skin are kept in filthy cages, exploded like balloons, and even skinned alive,” says Senior Vice President Asia, PETA. President Jason Baker. “PETA Asia urges everyone to abandon this horrendous brutality by refusing to buy any items made from exotic leather.”
PETA Asia also recently received new video footage from a farmer showing the killing of crocodiles, showing piles of animals with their mouths tied and then wrapped in bags to keep them from moving. A worker stepped on them and rudely stunned them, then other workers stabbed them with a metal blade. Despite trying to stun them, they still moved when workers tried to kill them.
PETA recently threatened to file a consumer fraud lawsuit against Louis Vuitton after its CEO said the animals used in its exotic leather products were “humanely raised,” although previous PETA revelatory videos have exposed crocodile and ostrich abuse in company supplies. chain. PETA’s video message featured footage from two farms that supplied LVMH skins: one held about 5,000 crocodiles in small concrete enclosures, some narrower than their body length, while others packed crocodiles in concrete pits.
PETA’s investigation into the world’s largest ostrich slaughter companies, including then-supplier of ostrich leather for Louis Vuitton, found workers pounding frightened ostriches into stun guns, causing many to fall and then slit their throats as the ostriches followed behind. the line watched helplessly. It was also observed that workers beat ostriches in the face during transport to the slaughterhouse.
In recent years, many top designers, including Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham and Diane von Fürstenberg, have banned exotic leather.
PETA – whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human excellence. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…