Elisabetta Canalis Goes Wild (and Mostly Naked) for New PETA Fashion Campaign

Italian Superstar Urges Everyone to Leave Exotic Skins on Animals and Shop Vegan

For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Wearing a cloth bikini à la Tarzan’s Jane, Elisabetta Canalis poses by a lush tropical stream in a new PETA ad that proclaims, “Live Wild and Let the Wild Live. Don’t Wear Exotic Skins.”

In an exclusive video interview with PETA, the Italian model and actor shares why she was eager to speak up for reptiles who are killed for shoes and accessories: “[T]hey do have feelings, and they do feel pain, and they don’t want to become a handbag or a belt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—has exposed the appalling conditions in which alligators and crocodiles are raised and killed for “luxury” bags and watchbands. Alligators at a farm in Texas were kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds before their necks were hacked open and metal rods were shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they were fully conscious.

“There is no excuse to keep wearing these kinds of things,” Canalis concludes. “Instead of reptile, exotic skin, just choose vegan skin. It’s cheaper, and it’s better for the environment, for the animals, and it’s better for you.”

Canalis is part of a long list of celebrities—including Penélope Cruz, Taraji P. Henson, Eva Mendes, P!nk, Alicia Silverstone, and many others—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kinder wardrobe choices.

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