PETA’s work to change speciesist norms is giving the fashion industry a much-needed makeover. We’ve persuaded over two dozen companies to make the compassionate decision to ban exotic skins—and more are joining them all the time. Check out this list of brands that have banned exotic skins, from top lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret to high-end designer Vivienne Westwood. Check back often to see which new companies have made this kind commitment!

The following companies banned exotic skins after hearing from PETA:

  • Adolfo Domínguez
  • Ahold Delhaize brands (including
  • Alexandre Birman
  • Ann Inc.
  • Arcadia Group (which owns Topshop)
  • ASOS
  • bebe
  • Chanel
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • H&M
  • Jil Sander
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • L Brands (which owns Victoria’s Secret)
  • Mango
  • Nike
  • Nine West
  • Paul Smith
  • Puma
  • PVH Corp. (including its brands Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)
  • Samuel Hubbard
  • Victoria Beckham

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 and our international affiliates 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?

Urge Louis Vuitton to Drop Exotic Skins Now!

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“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