Written by Jeff Mackey
Are you ready for (cue ominous music) … Snakes on a Train?
No, it's not the sequel to that (in)famous Samuel L. Jackson film—although it is the title of a straight-to-video
rip-off. In this case, it's a new PETA campaign that is sure to get some
attention for reptiles
killed for their skins.
PETA is asking the Massachusetts Bay Transportation
Authority (MBTA) for permission to launch its new "Snakes on a Train"
campaign on the T, featuring realistic-looking rubber snakes wrapped around subway poles and
handles, as well as a slogan on the windows that reads, "Snakes Make Your
Skin Crawl? Shed All Scaly Belts and Bags! Watch Video at
Snakes: (c) iStockphoto.com/Eric Isslee - Train:(c) DDholer
PETA hopes to scare commuters out of their snakeskin boots,
shoes, purses, and belts. In order to make snakeskin accessories, these
reptiles are nailed to trees or posts and skinned alive. Their mutilated bodies
are discarded, and it sometimes takes hours for them to die.
If you wouldn't want to hold on to a snake during your
commute, why would you want to have their dead flesh wrapped around your waist,
feet, or personal belongings? Let's shed exotic skins for good.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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