It is no news that some of the world’s most expensive designer bags are made from exotic animal skin from crocodile, snakes and more. This practice is why most of these luxury bags, belts, shoes, wallets and watches cost a ton of money.
Recently, a video expose released by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) surfaced, that shows the workings of a Vietnam Crocodile Factory.
In the PETA blog post containing the video, they reveal activities in two farms which have allegedly supplied LVMH. In one farm, reptiles lay motionless in thousands of tiny concrete cells, some shorter than their own bodies, for 15 months before finally being slaughtered while others were jam-packed by the dozens into barren concrete pits. At another farm, workers hacked into thrashing crocodiles’ necks and rammed metal rods down their spines as blood poured from the wounds, and one crocodile is shown still moving after being skinned.
Following the video expose, PETA plans to put a stop to these activites and have taken the first step by becoming a stakeholder at LVMH, parent company to major brands like Louis Vuitton among others in order to put pressure on the company to stop selling exotic skins merchandise.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH, is a European multinational luxury goods conglomerate, native of France and headquartered in Paris.
Speaking on this development, LVMH’s director of environment, Sylvie Bernard, responded to PETA with these words;
“Louis Vuitton has no knowledge of a partner that would practice the method referred to. Any cruel method involving the suffering of the animal is in clear contradiction with our principles and rules.”
The crocodile skin is used in the creation of some of the world’s most luxurios bags from Prada and the iconic Hermes Birkin bag.
Images – Peta, Fashionista