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PETA’s recently investigated alligator farms in Texas and Zimbabwe from where luxury brands such as Hermès source their exotic skins.

On our minds is PETA’s recent investigation of alligator farms in Texas and Zimbabwe from where luxury brands such as Hermès source their exotic skins. Undercover representatives revealed torture-like conditions at the Texas farm where animals were kept in overcrowded pools for months and killed for their skin in brutal procedures. The sought after skins are used for premium bags and shoes such as Hermès classic Birkin bag and in an attempt to discourage people from buying into accessories made from reptiles, PETA recently sent a mock croc bag from US label Freedom of Animals to the high-influence Birkin-fan Victoria Beckham with the hope to make her stop wearing exotic skins and using it for the accessories in her namesake label. As fur is increasingly losing its fashion appeal, we are pleased to see exotic skins seemingly moving in the same direction and we hope that fashion opinion leaders like Beckham will use their influence in a positive way. More here.

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