PETA to Descend on Skins Peddler Salvatore Ferragamo

Exotic Skins Belong Only on Their Original Owners, Says Group in Graphic Holiday Message

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

San Francisco – Standing next to an exhibit featuring dangling “snakes” and holding signs showing real-life snakes killed for their skins, PETA members will converge outside the Salvatore Ferragamo store on Geary Street on Thursday. Ferragamo continues to sell the skins of snakes and alligators despite documentation that these and other exotic animals are often skinned alive. As explained in PETA’s video exposé of the exotic-skins industry, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, exotic animals—including snakes, alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles—are skinned alive, beaten to death, or killed for their skins in other cruel ways. Snakes are commonly nailed to trees or posts and skinned alive.

When:   Thursday, December 19, 12 noon

Where:  Outside Salvatore Ferragamo, 233 Geary St. (near the intersection with Stockton Street), San Francisco

“The snakes whose skins are used in Salvatore Ferragamo bags were likely skinned alive and left to suffer for hours before finally dying,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “With fake snake, mock croc, and all the other luxurious cruelty-free fabrics on the market, it’s easy to find a gift that’s sure to give someone that killer look without killing anyone.”

Many companies—including H&M, Nike, Cole Haan, and—have banned the sale of exotic skins.


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