Photos: Bodypainted ‘Crocodiles’ Protest Louis Vuitton’s New Exotic-Skin Collection

For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Miami – Wearing little more than bodypaint, two PETA “crocodiles” draped themselves over an oversized purse bearing the message “Louis Vuitton: A Look That Kills” outside the designer’s Miami Design District flagship store on Saturday in protest of the brand’s new collection, which features items made of crocodile skin. Photos are available here (credited to Dijana Josić).

A PETA video exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam—including two that claim to have supplied skins to a tannery owned by Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH—shows reptiles lying motionless in thousands of tiny concrete cells, some narrower than their own bodies. Workers hacked into thrashing crocodiles’ necks and rammed metal rods down their spines as blood poured from the wounds.

“Every exotic-skin accessory sold by Louis Vuitton represents the hideously gruesome death of a sensitive animal,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on all holiday shoppers to ditch these cruelly produced items and opt instead for high-quality animal-free bags, belts, and more.”

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