For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2015
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Jane Birkin is a good person, and we think she has been given false assurances by Hermès that it gives a hoot about animals or that what PETA witnessed was – so conveniently – an aberration in the way that it factory-farms and slaughters crocodiles and alligators.
The appalling conditions that PETA exposed are not an “isolated irregularity” at all. In the month that PETA’s investigator was employed at the Lone Star Alligator Farm’s abattoir in Texas, no inspectors were on site nor was there any mention of inspections, casting grave doubt on Hermès’ assurances that it conducts monthly inspections. Had Hermès personnel looked, they would have seen alligators crowded into dark, filthy pits full of alligator waste and grossly inhumane methods used to kill the reptiles – yet nothing was done about it.
We believe Ms Birkin will come to realise that her good name does not belong on a bag made from the cruelly obtained skins of factory-farmed wildlife.