PETA Statement: Louis Vuitton’s ‘Outrage’ Hasn’t Helped Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2018

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Paris – Today at Louis Vuitton’s annual shareholder meeting, company representatives responded to a question from PETA—which owns stock in the company—and stated that Louis Vuitton would continue to use crocodile and ostrich skins despite being “outraged” by cruelty to animals. Below, please find a statement in response to this comment from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman:

PETA has exposed the cruelty of the exotic-skins industry, and Louis Vuitton has done nothing to end the misery of ostriches whose throats are slit orcrocodiles who are often skinned alive for a wallet or a handbag. Those who are outraged by cruelty to animals are staying away from Louis Vuitton’s stores until it embraces beautiful, humane, and eco-friendly vegan materials.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” and more information about the group’s shareholder question to Louis Vuitton executives is available here.

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