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Beware of Hermes’ Cruel Wares

Written by PETA | April 8, 2010

I don’t scare easily, but these fellows gave me the shivers for a second.


Following the release of PETA Asia’s undercover investigation into the exotic-skin industry, the “Grim Reapers” were out in full force in front of a Hermès store in Jakarta. The dark angels were there to draw attention to the millions of animals in Indonesia who suffer so that their skin can be stitched together to make pricey accessories for high-end retailers like Hermès.

After cringing through PETA Asia’s gruesome video footage, which shows workers skinning reptiles alive and other snakes who are slowly and painfully suffocated to death, those Grim Reapers will seem more like woodland fairies.



Nike and its subsidiary, Cole Haan, have given exotic skins the boot—so have the international trendy frock shop H&M and online giant, thanks to PETA’s efforts. Now we ask: Will you ssspeak up for snakes, lizards, and other animals by asking Hermès to follow suit?

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Joel says:

    I think this is about shifting values of humanity. I bet one hundred years ago nobody bothered about this why now? what cause this fuss? why suddenly care a lot? I am not saying I agree animal torturing hell i am too lazy to torture thembut maybe one hundred years from now they will hate people who eat meat. I am just saying humankind are weird that’s all.. Sorry if I offended somebody.

  • Danielle says:

    To those belittling the real issue here and that is about the horrific ways the animal is murdered for a Hermes handbag please stop doing it it is silly. Whether Mr. Hermes is french cockatoo or what have you it still doesn’t change the fact his company is practicing this evil tradition. I do fault the celebrities who pump this brand. They are the buying power for the public who senselessly buy into it. Besides sending emails what do you guys suggest we do to help PETA? Also does PETA ever file appeals in cases they lose? I guess I will hit up President Obama’s website we are a voting mass that is not to be ignored.

  • Erin says:

    Ick. 45 year waiting list? httpwww.luxist.com20100407rarehermescrocodilebriefcasefor30000 I’ll stick to my Michael Kors handbag thanks.

  • Alexx says:

    No one cares who can or can’t buy what. It’s about the animal killing for a stupid bag that certainly narcissistic superficial dumb people purchase just to look “good” enough for other people or just because they want to be in high fashion or whatever…How selfish can a human can be hu?

  • Carla says:

    No Gilly I could not afford their garbage and nor do I care. I am rich in the ways that count. And Erin … They are VILE.

  • Chloe says:

    Why do they have to skin animals alive to obtain their piece of skin fur or watsoever…. SAD…

  • Gilly says:

    Hey Carla I doubt you could afford their products anyway so don’t bother boasting that you ‘will never buy their garbage.’

  • Erin says:

    Hey Carla I dont think Hermes cares whether you purchase their things or not. I don’t support the exotic skin trade either but I’m not going to demoralize myself by sinking low and calling them vile.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    How terrible. I’m incredulous at the lows the human species will sink to for “high” fashion. How can anyone even begin to think that supporting that much needless suffering can make anyone look good? Disgusting!

  • Carla says:

    Who cares Erin about Scumbag Thierry Hermes … Him and his company are all discusting and vile human beings. I will never buy their garbage or anyone else who uses any animal for human beings to wear!! They will all get theirs in the end. Trust me.

  • Erin says:

    Sorry MH you are wrong in the origins of the Herms name. The company was started by a French saddlemaker Thierry Herms. I studied the company when I took French in high school.

  • MH says:

    How dare they disgrace the name of a Greek god.

  • Erin says:

    Hermes will never give in to hatemail. Their waiting lists for bags are usually around one to two years.