For immediate release:
September 8, 2021
Moira Collie 202-483-7382
New York – After the Kindness Project released a video showing crocodiles on Hermès farms in Australia locked in barren concrete pens, electrocuted, stabbed, shot and mutilated with screwdrivers, PETA sent Hermès a letter with clearly false the company’s claims of adhering to “the highest scientific animal welfare standards” and holding provocative exhibitions at the brand’s flagship stores in Paris, London and New York, the latter of which featured women holding crocodile-skin handbags that dripped “ blood”.
“No wallet is worth the excruciating death of an animal,” says PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges Hermès to heed protests against crocodile abuse and to pack exotic skins.”
The video – in which Hermès prepares to build Australia’s largest crocodile farm, capable of housing and killing up to 50,000 individuals – echoes PETA’s revelations of Hermès suppliers, who discovered workers shot reptiles in the head and cut animals. as some struggled to escape and stabbed the animals still conscious in order to try to dislocate their vertebrae. The reptiles continued to move their legs and tail a few minutes after these slaughter attempts.
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