Bodypainted 'Crocodile' Will Highlight Miserable Lives and Deaths of Reptiles Who Become 'Luxury' Watchbands and Birkin Bags
For Immediate Release:
August 31, 2015
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Toronto – Toronto shoppers will get an eyeful on Tuesday as a PETA “reptile” lies in a pool of “blood” outside a local Hermès’ storefront. The PETA supporter, painted to look like a crocodile, will be flanked by a banner proclaiming, “Hermès: Accessories to Murder,” while protesters screen footage of PETA’s recent investigation that was reported on by CBSNews.com.
Where: Hermès, 130 Bloor St. W., Toronto
When: Tuesday, September 1, 12 p.m.
“PETA’s exposé of Hermès suppliers in the U.S. and Africa reveals that every Hermès watchband or Birkin bag means a living, feeling being experienced a miserable life and a ghastly death,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “People pay thousands of dollars for such accessories, but the reptiles on these cruel and disgusting factory farms are paying the real price.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—revealed the mistreatment of alligators on a filthy Texas farm that supplies Hermès. After a captive-bolt gun at the facility was believed to be malfunctioning, the manager told a worker to cut into hundreds of live and fully conscious alligators to try to dislocate their vertebrae and then shove a metal rod up their spinal columns. Some reptiles were writhing minutes after their necks were sawed open with a knife or box cutter in a crude attempt to slaughter them—all for $2,000 watchbands. Footage captured in Zimbabwe showed that tens of thousands of crocodiles were crowded into barren concrete pits for $40,000-plus Birkin and Kelly bags.
Broadcast-quality footage is available here, and photos are available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.