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VICTORY! After a decade of pressure from PETA!
PETA (and animals) just claimed a historic victory when fashion retail giant PVH Corp. — the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and others — announced that it would ban exotic-animal skins across all its brands!
Every alligator-skin or snakeskin purse, belt, or shoe is made from skinning someone who didn’t want to die a violent, bloody, and painful death.
PETA and our affiliates have documented and exposed that in the exotic-skins industry, alligators’ necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads; snakes are pumped full of water to loosen their skin, which is then peeled off, often while they’re still conscious; and feathers are yanked out of ostriches while they’re still alive.
This win comes after a decade of pushing from PETA and will prevent countless snakes, crocodiles, ostriches, and other animals from being warehoused and killed in the fashion industry for their skin.
Alligators are social animals who like to hang out in groups and use a range of bellows, growls, hisses, and roars to communicate with each other. They make great mothers, too, and are known to use tools.
When they’re not killed for boots, they can live for up to 50 years!
Snakes are generally shy animals. King cobras are cautious parents, and some snakes even give birth to live young rather than laying eggs. You don’t need much more than a snake’s eyesight (which is poor) to see that these animals are sensitive individuals and that no modern brand should profit from killing them to make garments that could be made out of vegan materials instead.
Wildlife biologists also point out that capturing, imprisoning, and killing wildlife is not only cruel, it can also cause pandemics – like those we are all currently going through.
This isn’t our first victory when it comes to the company. In 1994 Calvin Klein became the first major fashion designer to stop selling fur after PETA supporters occupied its office in New York, in 2013 PVH pulled all items made of angora off its shelves in response to PETA Asia’s investigation into angora rabbit farms in China, and in 2019 PVH made the compassionate decision to remove all mohair items from its stores by 2020.
And now it joins the ranks of Brooks Brothers, Jil Sander, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and many others in banning exotic skins.
PETA Victory! Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Owner Ditches Exotic Skins
And I mean… The precious skin is peeled off, the innards cut out, the meat packaging. This is the most money to be made in this creepy business.
In Thailand, Africa, Zimbabwe and Vietnam the animals are kept in huge breeding and slaughter farms and processed en masse into leather and meat. Even products of the endangered Siamese crocodiles are exported.
Handbags made of crocodile leather bring the equivalent of a little more than 2060 euros. A suit made of crocodile skin costs around 5000 euros.
For the meat, there is a good 7.50 euros per kilogram and the bile and blood of the animals can also be turned into money because the fluids are said to have healing properties.
This is how the reptile business works in breeding farms in many Asian countries.
The decisive blow against this industry can only come from above if we apply organized and massive pressure
Big fashion designers stop selling exotic leathers, that’s the solution!
If brainless buyers can’t find an exotic bag on the shelf, this chapter is over.
It is that simple!
My best regards to all, Venus