PETA has released an extremely appalling video exposing the cruel and inhuman way in which “luxury” brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Prada make crocodile-skin products like bags, belts, and wallets.
Every year, 30, 000 crocodile skins are exported to these designer brands from Vietnam. This particular investigation looks at two crocodile farms that supply Lous Vuitton, amongst others. According to PETA, one of the farms slaughters 1500 crocodiles every three months, and keeps 5000 of them in small, concrete enclosures—some of which are narrower than the crocodile’s bodies—for 15 months before they are finally slaughtered.
First, the crocodiles are given an electric shock. Then they are taken to a room in which their necks are slashed open and metal rods are shoved down their spines, all the while the crocs are violently shaking. They are left there to bleed out, remaining conscious for over an hour after their spines are severed and blood vessels sliced.
A report by Forbes states:
“A deep incision is first made across the back of the animal’s neck, before a steel rod is driven down their spinal column in a practice known as “pithing”, to destroy nerve tissue. Some of the crocodiles can be seen still moving after their skins have been completely removed. A worker at one of the farms, interviewed in the video, says it is not uncommon for the crocodiles to take several hours to die.”
PETA consulted reptilian expert Clifford Warwick, who watched the footage and stated that “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane,” and “There is no probability that these animals ‘died instantly.’”
Even more gruesome is the fact that these poor animals are skinned alive—a process that take 15-20 minutes—while they squirm and bleed.You can help put a stop to this cruelty. Before you buy expensive items made out of exotic skins like these, consider the fact that that animal suffered a long, violent death, all in the name of “fashion” and “luxury.” That bag, that wallet, that belt, that watch strap—they all mean a “living, feeling being experienced a miserable life and a ghastly death,” as PETA President Ingrid Newkirk stresses.
Please note, this video contains very graphic footage.
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