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A horrific plan has been proposed in the Northern Territory to build Australia's biggest crocodile farm, which would imprison up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles at a time. This is just the latest development in the cruel industry, and many existing NT crocodile-skin facilities are said to be owned or controlled by French fashion label Hermès.
Every PETA exposé of the exotic-skins industry has shown that no matter the source – or the "standards" touted by brands – products made from skins involve forcing highly intelligent, sensitive animals to endure squalid imprisonment and a violent death.
PETA US conducted an eyewitness investigation into the exotic-skins trade and found live reptiles sawed open and left to bleed to death on farms that supply skins to luxury brand Hermès.
From Texas to Zimbabwe, PETA US investigators documented the appalling conditions in which animals are raised and/or killed for "luxury" Hermès bags, belts, and watchbands. Alligators are packed in dank pools and crocodiles are crowded in barren concrete pits for months or even years before finally being slaughtered for their skin. An investigator documented that workers crudely hacked into the necks of some alligators and tried to scramble their brains with metal rods – all in the name of "luxury". Some animals were still conscious, flailing and kicking, even minutes after workers tried to kill them.
Alligator skins are turned into "luxury" items such as watch straps, while the skin from crocodiles' stomachs is used to make items such as the Hermès-designed Birkin and Kelly handbags, which can cost $70,000 or more. It takes two or three crocodiles to make just one handbag.
Please speak out for these animals! Use the form below to send a message to Hermès demanding that the company stop selling items made from alligator and crocodile skins.