Actress Laura Vandervoort has joined PETA's campaign urging consumers to leave wildlife out of their
wardrobes. Her body painted to look like a lizard's
(which isn't a huge departure for her—Laura appeared in the ABC TV series V as a lizard), Smallville's Supergirl is drawing attention to reptiles turned into
fashion accessories by asking, "Whose skin are you in?" Laura is a
staple on Maxim's Hot 100 list, and you'll be able to catch her in theaters in a number of upcoming films, including This Means War with Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane's Ted.
By appearing in her PETA ad as a majestic lizard basking in the sun, Laura reminds us how beautiful reptiles are in their natural habitats—and that that is where they belong. Lizards are fascinating animals with unique traits. Most lizards can shed their tails and run, twisting their bodies from side to side, to evade predators. Some lizards run on their back legs, and some can even run on water! Lizards are known to live up to 33 years in the wild, but lizards killed for their skins are usually clubbed on their heads or have their spines severed with chisels as soon as they reach "marketable" size.
See another version of Laura's sexy reptilian ad for PETA here!
In an exclusive interview with PETA, Laura says, “A lot of people think that reptiles don’t feel and they do. I think everyone should keep in mind what it is they are buying and if it is really worth it to them.” Watch her interview below to find out what inspired Laura to participate in this campaign.
Fake snake, moc croc, and pleather are a few realistic and
luxe-looking materials that can help you achieve a great look—without wearing
someone else's skin. Popular retailers such as Victoria's
Cole Haan, and Nike have all signed PETA's pledge never to sell exotic skins. Check out PETA's Cruelty-Free Clothing
Guide to help you make
compassionate shopping choices.
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.