Even the most avid meat-eaters and hunters will have trouble watching the latest undercover footage showing the barbaric torturing and slaughtering of crocodiles to be used for “luxury” purses, belts, and more.
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Worst of all, the reptiles are seen alive during the entire process, in some cases remaining conscious for hours after being completely skinned alive.
The skinning process itself is absolutely barbaric, as consultant/biologist Clifford Warwick told PETA, “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane.”
First, a deep gash is opened up behind the crocodile’s neck, at which point a large steel rod is rammed into its body, underneath its thick layer of skin/scales, and slid down across its spinal cord, a process called “pithing.”
At this point, the skinning process begins, slow and agonizing, usually lasting 15 or 20 minutes, often while the crocodile is still alive, conscious, and wriggling.
“There is no probability that these animals died instantly,” adds Warwick.
PETA’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, released an impassioned plea to the public on how they can end this unimaginable cruelty:
Whether it’s Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Prada or any other brand, a crocodile skin bag means a living, feeling being experienced a miserable life and a ghastly death. PETA is calling on everyone not to buy exotic skins to prevent reptiles from being imprisoned, mutilated and skinned alive.
The crocodile skins are often used as “luxury” items for major brands like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Givenchy.
What is a few minutes of social approval worth to you? Is a “luxury” purse—and the validation you receive from strangers—worth the barbaric suffering of a living being?
Watch The Footage for Yourself. If You Can’t Watch It, Why Can You Wear It?