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These Brands Worked to Shed Cruelty by Banning Exotic Skins

Animal defenders are jumping for joy over the good news that Nike has banned kangaroo leather in addition to all exotic skins! The company banned animal skins taken from alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, ostriches, fish, marine mammals, and others in 2010, and now the ban applies to kangaroos as well. Nike joins our ever-growing list of companies and brands that have chosen compassion.

The following companies banned exotic skins:

  • Adolfo Domínguez 
  • Alexandre Birman 
  • Altra 
  • Altuzarra
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ann Inc. 
  • Anya Hindmarch
  • Arnotts  
  • ASOS 
  • bebe 
  • Brooks Brothers 
  • Brown Thomas
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein 
  • Cambridge Satchel Company
  • Carolina Herrera 
  • Chanel 
  • chloe
  • Claudie Pierlot  
  • Comptoir des Cotonniers
  • de Bijenkorf  
  • Diane von Furstenberg 
  • Dickies
  • Dries Van Noten 
  • Eastpak
  • Eileen Fisher
  • GU
  • GUESS? Inc. 
  • H&M 
  • Helmut Lang
  • HOKA
  • Holt Renfrew  
  • Icebreaker
  • JanSport 
  • J Brand
  • J.Crew 
  • Jean Paul Gaultier 
  • Jil Sander 
  • Joseph
  • Karl Lagerfeld 
  • Kodiak  
  • Koolaburra
  • Liberty London
  • Longchamp 
  • Lulu Guinness
  • Macy’s
  • Mammut
  • Maje 
  • Mango 
  • Mara Hoffman
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Mark and Graham
  • Moda Operandi
  • Mulberry 
  • Mytheresa
  • Napapijri
  • Nike
  • Nina Ricci 
  • Nine West 
  • Nordstrom 
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Paco Rabanne 
  • Paul Smith
  • Phillip Lim
  • PLST 
  • Pottery Barn Teen
  • Pottery Barn
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Princesse tam tam
  • Puma 
  • Red Kap 
  • REI
  • Rejuvenation
  • Roland Mouret
  • Saks Potts
  • Samuel Hubbard 
  • Sandro 
  • Sanuk
  • Selfridges 
  • Smartwool
  • Smythson
  • Stella McCartney 
  • Stine Goya
  • Supreme 
  • Temperley London
  • Terra 
  • Teva
  • The North Face 
  • Theory
  • Timberland 
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tory Burch
  • UGGS 
  • Vans 
  • Victoria Beckham 
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Vivienne Westwood 
  • West Elm
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Williams Sonoma Home

Why Companies Must Ban Exotic Skins

Animals are not ours to wear. In never-before-seen footage, a PETA Asia investigation revealed that horrific suffering is stitched into every item made with exotic skins: Workers seal pythons’ mouths and anuses with constriction bands, cut a hole in their head or tail, and then inflate them to death with an air compressor. Crocodiles are electroshocked, stabbed, inflated, and likely skinned alive just to make bags, shoes, belts, and other accessories that are sold around the world.

Cruelty is rampant in the exotic-skins industry. PETA entities worldwide have exposed other cruel ways in which animals are killed for their skin:

  • Snakes are commonly nailed to trees, decapitated, or cut open and then skinned alive.
  • Workers kill crocodiles by ramming a metal rod down their spine.
  • Lizards are clubbed over the head, or their spine is severed with a chisel.

Take Action for Animals Used for Fashion

Using animals for clothing or accessories is a dying business. As people everywhere learn how animals suffer in the fashion industry, companies, fashion design universities, and even entire cities are banning animal-derived materials. You can do your part by always opting for stylish and sustainable vegan fabrics—and PETA makes it easy!

Although many companies have made the ethical decision to ban exotic skins, others are still holding out.

‘Skinned Snakes’ Protest Louis Vuitton
PETA members in Beverly Hills, California, urged kind shoppers to stay away from Louis Vuitton’s “killer” looks until it agrees to “bag” the use of exotic skins.

Tens of thousands of people have urged luxury brand LVMH—Louis Vuitton’s parent company—to ditch exotic skins, and you can join them. It takes only a minute using your phone or computer—so what are you waiting for?

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