Hazmat Suit–Clad PETA Protesters to Hit the Strip

Luxury Shoppers Will Be Alerted to the Risk of Pandemic Caused by Raising and Killing Reptiles for Bags and Shoes

For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2020

Contact:
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Las Vegas – Wednesday is National Reptile Awareness Day, and PETA members wearing glaringly bright yellow hazmat suits and gas masks and carrying huge purses proclaiming, “Exotic Skins Are Cruel: Wear Vegan” and “Prevent Pandemics: Ban Exotic Skins,” will descend on the Las Vegas Strip to call on Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Ferragamo, and other Palazzo and Fashion Show shops to ban wild-animal skins.

When:    Wednesday, October 21, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of S. Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, near The Palazzo, Las Vegas

The protesters will point out that alligators and crocodiles are confined to dank pools and crowded concrete pits before workers cut into their spines while they’re still alive and peel off their skin—and that such filthy conditions involving wildlife gave rise to COVID-19.

“Buyers beware: Your crocodile-skin clutch could start the next pandemic,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants everyone to steer clear of cruel and dangerous wild animal–skin bags and shoes—on National Reptile Awareness Day and every other day.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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