Written by Jeff Mackey
Happy New Year! Yes, already—at
least in places where the Lunar New Year is observed, including China. To join our Chinese friends in celebrating the start of the Year of the Snake, we're featuring one of PETA's most memorable snake-themed ads, in which lovely
actor, dancer, and producer Jenna
Dewan-Tatum exposes the distinctly not-so-lovely
side of the exotic-skins trade.
Jenna—who is preparing to deliver her very first bundle of joy with husband Channing Tatum—recently appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum. But what happens to animals killed
for their skins is every bit as gruesome as anything perpetrated by that show's
mad scientist or serial killers. Snakes have their bodies cut open from one end to the other
and their skin ripped off before being tossed aside to struggle and thrash in
pain for hours or even days until they die. Most alligators used for
accessories are raised in filthy tanks until they are stabbed or beaten to
What You Can Do
Millions of snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and
other reptiles are violently killed every year so that their skins can be torn from
their bodies to make wallets, belts, boots, and handbags. Don't buy into this
cruel rip-off—instead, choose accessories made from chic, cruelty-free materials such as fake snake, mock croc, and pleather. You'll look (and feel) better
knowing that you got the glam—without stealing someone else's skin.
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
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.