PHOTOS: PETA Members in a Sea of ‘Blood’ Descend on Hermès in NYC

Published by Danny Prater.

Horrifying new video footage released by Kindness Project shows crocodiles on farms owned by Hermès and its suppliers confined to concrete pens, electrocuted, stabbed, shot, and mutilated with screwdrivers—some while still conscious. In response, PETA supporters clutching “bloody” designer bags and carrying posters bearing shocking images of crocodiles pulled from Kindness Project’s video descended on the Hermès flagship store in New York City to pressure the company to ban exotic skins.

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PETA supporters urge hermes to ban exotic skins in NYC amid global protests

PETA NYC Hermes exotic skin ban protest 2021

PETA’s demonstration was part of a massive international campaign by animal rights organizations featuring protests around the world—including in Australia, England, France, Germany, and Spain—and including a global digital protest using the hashtag #DropCroc.

worldwide protests push Hermes to ban exotic skins© Mathilde Mazars

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The exotic-skins industry is a bloody and cruel business. Hermès must stop factory farming animals and join Chanel, Jil Sander, and the many other designers turning away from exotic-animal skins in favor of innovative, ethical, and sustainable materials for which no one has to endure horrible living conditions and a violent death.

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PETA protest Hermes paris crocodile skin 2021© Mathilde Mazars

PETA’s Work to Urge Hermès to Ban Exotic Skins

In order to pressure executives from the inside, PETA became a Hermès shareholder in 2015 after exposing cruelty at reptile farms in Texas and Zimbabwe that supplied a Hermès-owned tannery. In 2016, a PETA exposé revealed the suffering of young ostriches at an exclusive ostrich-leather supplier to Hermès.

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We won’t let up until the company makes the conscientious decision to ban all exotic skins. You can support our efforts by calling on it do just that:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind