Written by PETA
While fashion designer Victoria Beckham,
aka "Posh Spice," has vowed that none of her collections will ever
include a stitch of fur, for which we thank and praise her, she has been silent
on the subject of whether or not her new handbag collection will contain the
skins of crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles killed for fashion. And with
the fashion diva's New York City runway show coming up this weekend, even the New York Daily News called her out for
keeping mum on PETA's inquiries.
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In a recent letter to Beckham, PETA Senior Vice President
Dan Mathews described the horrors of the exotic-skins trade as shown in a PETA video narrated by Academy
Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix
and described how farmed reptiles are beaten over the head before being skinned
alive. Snakes are either nailed to trees or poles by their heads or have water
forced down their throats to loosen their skin before they, too, are skinned
Beckham has stated that her bags adhere to the guidelines
set forth by the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), but
PETA explained that CITES aims only to prevent a species from going extinct and
has nothing to do with the atrocious ways in which animals are confined and
Bags, belts, shoes, and watchbands made from high-fashion
pleather abound, so there's never been a better time to give leather and
exotic-animal skins the boot. In the meantime, we'll keep doing our best to get
Posh to dump the croc.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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