The investigator visited a farm that holds tens of thousands of crocodiles and slaughters 1,500 of them every three months.
At this farm, which supplies skins to Louis Vuitton, about 5,000 crocodiles were kept in small, concrete enclosures – some narrower than the length of their bodies.
The investigator was told that they are kept in these conditions, which a reptile expert called “overly-restrictive, understimulating, and inhumane” for large crocodiles, for 15 months before finally being slaughtered.
Workers electroshocked crocodiles and then attempted to kill them by cutting into their necks and ramming metal rods down their spines. The animals shake vigorously as this happens. One crocodile can be seen lifting his leg after he was cut open. Then workers leave him to bleed out.
This killing method has long been shown to be inhumane, and experts have found that crocodilians remain conscious for over an hour after their spinal cord has been severed and their blood vessels cut.
A reptile expert who watched footage of the crocodiles being slaughtered said that “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane”, and “There is no probability that these animals ‘died instantly'”.
After the crocodiles were slaughtered, workers cut and pulled off their skin – all just to make “luxury” crocodile-skin bags, wallets, and other items to be sold by Louis Vuitton and other brands.
Help Stop This Cruelty!
Reptiles who are farmed and killed for their skins suffer all over the world.
Footage from reptile farms on three continents tells the same miserable story: grim, close confinement, and a violent death.
Please refuse to support this cruelty – don’t ever buy or wear products made from exotic skins.
And urge luxury fashion company LVMH to shed exotic skins and fur from Louis Vuitton and all its other brands.