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Cruelty to Snakes and Alligators Moves International Retailer to Adopt Policy Change
For Immediate Release:November 17, 2011
Contact:Robbyn Brooks 202-483-7382
Barcelona, Spain -- Leading international clothing and
accessory retailer Mango has banned the use of exotic skins in its
product lines after meeting with PETA and learning about the extreme animal
suffering caused by the exotic-skins industry. Mango is based in Barcelona and
has a total of 2,060 stores in 104 countries worldwide, including 89 in the
"Although we aren't as familiar with snakes and
alligators as we are with the cats and dogs with whom we share our lives,
exotic animals suffer every bit as much when beaten, skinned alive, and
killed," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "We're
asking retailers worldwide to follow Mango's lead by giving exotic skins the
In Africa, Asia, and the U.S., exotic animals—including
snakes, lizards, alligators, and crocodiles—are hunted or raised and killed
specifically for their skins. Alligators and crocodiles killed for their
skins are stabbed in the neck with a metal chisel or bludgeoned with metal
bats. PETA Asia's undercover investigations
have shown that live snakes are nailed to trees by their heads before their
skin is torn off their writhing bodies. They can suffer for hours before they
Mango joins H&M, Nike subsidiary Cole Haan
(a manufacturer of high-end accessories and shoes with stores in the U.S.,
Canada, and Japan), and others in adopting animal welfare policies that ban
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