In never-before-seen footage, a PETA Asia investigation into an Indonesian slaughterhouse that supplies Gucci with lizard skins reveals how Gucci wallets, belts, and purses are made.
The lizards’ legs are tied, then they’re callously thrown around and beheaded without stunning—causing them a prolonged, agonizing death.
This kind of cruelty goes into every one of Gucci’s lizard leather purses, belts, wallets, and other fashion accessories.
Workers put the lizards on a wooden block one by one and chopped off their heads.
PETA Asia’s investigators documented workers striking lizards up to 14 times with a machete until the decapitation was complete.
Lizards struggled and thrashed throughout the process.
According to Dr. Clifford Warwick, a reptile expert who reviewed PETA Asia’s footage, decapitating live, conscious reptiles has been recognized as extremely inhumane by major scientific bodies for approximately four decades and is illegal in some parts of the world.
Decapitation does not cause an instantaneous death in lizards. According to Dr. Warwick, the lizards’ brains were probably conscious—fully aware and feeling intense physical pain and psychological stress—for over 30 minutes after they had been beheaded.
PETA Asia’s footage shows lizards’ heads moving after being severed.
Workers then inflated the lizards’ headless bodies with an air compressor to make their skin easier to remove.
“The film depicts the brutal treatment and killing of lizards using methods that are strongly inconsistent with scientific evidence-based protocols, are contraindicated, are abusive, and are inhumane.”
—Dr. Clifford Warwick, PGDip (MedSci), Ph.D., C.Biol., C.Sci., EurProBiol, FRSB
Despite hearing from PETA, Gucci continues to profit from this kind of cruelty.
Lizards have individual personalities, just like cats and dogs. Research has shown that some species of lizards are devoted parents and mates, and three generations of lizards may live together in family groups.
Rather than exploring lush rainforests, the lizards used by Gucci are taken out of their natural habitat, abused, and violently killed for cold-blooded vanity.
No matter what standards companies tout, PETA entities have repeatedly exposed the horrendous ways in which animals are abused by the exotic skins trade.
A previous PETA Asia investigation documented that snakes in Vietnam are killed by being inflated with compressed air and that crocodiles are electroshocked, stabbed, inflated, and then likely skinned alive.
In South Africa, PETA U.S. investigators caught workers on camera striking ostriches in the face during transport, and at the slaughterhouse, they were stunned and flipped upside down, and then their throats were slit in full view of the other terrified birds—all for the bumpy-textured ostrich-skin purses sold by Gucci.
Please don’t buy accessories made out of exotic skins: Choose humane, eco-friendly, vegan options instead.
Gucci banned fur and angora after hearing from PETA and our supporters. It’s time for the company to do the same with exotic skins.
Please join PETA in calling on Gucci to stop using exotic skins today.
And I mean…Luxury items make money.
The trade in Asian pythons alone is an estimated 1 billion US dollars annually.
Because the leather of the phyton snake is particularly popular.
To do this, the living phyton snakes are hung with their jaws on a hook and pumped full of water so that the body is full and the snakeskin can be peeled off with a straight cut.
A living python with a compressor hose: anus and mouth are sealed with tape Photo: dpa / Peta
After that, the skinned phythons, which are disposed of as waste, often live for several days before they die in agony.
The EU countries alone imported an incredible 6.3 million whole hides and more than 4 million pieces of skin from protected snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and tejus (monitor lizards from Latin America).
Most of the leather used is imported from “low-wage countries” such as China, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
The conditions there are cruel in terms of keeping and killing the animals, but also in terms of working conditions.
In the countries of origin, leather can now often be sold more expensive than meat, which is why leather is no longer a waste product of the meat industry, as is widely believed, but the opposite is often the case.
The leather of exotic reptiles is back in vogue: The reptile leather is mainly imported from luxury fashion brands such as Gucci, Cartier, Hermès and Bally and processed by them into watch straps, shoes and bags.
Switzerland is the world’s largest dealer of goods made from the leather of exotic animals.
The industry and the exclusive clientele do not seem to care what agony the animals have to suffer from in order to end up as an accessory.
There is no species-appropriate way to kill an animal. Millions of animals die each year for trade in exotic skin, and every single animal goes through the same excruciating killing process.
We don’t need wildlife products for luxury fashion. This damages the ecosystem and causes incredible torture for the animals
My best regards to all, Venus