PETA Statement re World Boxing Council’s Crocodile-Skin ‘Money Belt’

For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2017

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien regarding the World Boxing Council’s “Money Belt,” which was made out of crocodile skin and will be given to the winner of Saturday’s boxing match at T-Mobile Arena:

While boxers choose to enter the ring and fight, crocodiles and other animals killed for their skin simply want to be left alone, and PETA is calling on World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman never to use animal skins as prizes again. No crocodile should be bludgeoned, cut open, or skinned alive to hang in a boxer’s trophy room—or for any other reason.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” and more information and video documentation on crocodile farms and slaughter is available here.

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