Bodypainted ‘Reptiles’ to Protest Louis Vuitton’s ‘Killer’ Exotic-Skin Bags

PETA's Naked 'Crocodiles' Will Highlight Hideous Lives and Torturous Deaths at Vietnamese Suppliers

For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

What:    Wearing little more than bodypaint, two PETA “crocodiles” will appear outside a Louis Vuitton store on Thursday and drape themselves over an oversized purse that proclaims, “Louis Vuitton: A Look That Kills.”

When:    Thursday, February 16, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Louis Vuitton, 230 King St., Charleston

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—is calling on shoppers to ditch exotic-skin bags, watchbands, shoes, and other accessories on the heels of a new PETA video exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam, including two that say they have supplied skins to a tannery owned by Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH. The eyewitness footage shows that reptiles lie motionless in thousands of tiny concrete cells, some shorter than their own bodies, and that workers hack into thrashing crocodiles’ necks and ram metal rods down their spines as blood pours from the wounds.

“Every crocodile-skin handbag represents the hideously gruesome death of a sensitive animal,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on every decent human being to refuse to purchase any such cruelly produced accessories.”

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