Written by PETA
Reese Witherspoon left many people
shell-shocked when she was spotted carrying a reptile handbag. The Legally Blonde star's python-skin purse
has been legally banned from
being sold in California since 1970.
immediately rushed Reese the video exposé that her Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix narrated, showing how reptiles used for clothing and
accessories have their heads nailed
to trees, are often skinned alive, and can languish for days before dying.
Reese's camp instantly responded to us, saying that Reese was dismayed to learn
that the bag was made of real snakeskin and promised never to carry it again.
said that she was grateful for the information we had sent her, and we were so appreciative that she bagged
the bag that we sent her flowers as a thank-you. It's good timing, too: Her
upcoming movie This Means War co-stars Laura Vandervoort, who just shot a naked
exotic-skins ad for PETA, so now those two can slink down the red carpet
together rocking mock croc
and fake snake. For a chance to win
your own stylin' faux-snakeskin bag from Urban Expressions, click here!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Fashion Week is all about the clothes, but one star was there in the flesh—hers. With her naked
body painted to resemble a lizard's skin, Laura
Vandervoort, of Smallville and V
fame, stars in a new ad for PETA (shot by photographer Nick Saglimbeni) that
she unveiled at Toronto Fashion Week while asking her fellow Canadians to shed exotic skins from their wardrobes.
first appeared as a reptile in V, but
this time around, she reprised her role as a lithe lizard to help protect the
animals from being killed
for their skins. "Three or four alligators have to
die for one purse," she said in an
exclusive interview from the photo shoot. "They
nail the snake's head to a tree while it is still alive and peel its skin off. Because
they are cold-blooded creatures, they take that much longer to die, so they
suffer that much longer. … [Y]ou wouldn't skin your dog to wear to an event, to
go out on a date, just for a status symbol. So please, have some compassion for
see behind-the-scenes video footage from Laura's photo shoot and enter to win a
faux-snakeskin bag, check out her full PETA feature.
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