PETA U.S. Investigation Reveals That Live Reptiles Are Sawed Open on Supplier Farms

For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2015

Hagåtña — A PETA Asia supporter—bodypainted to look like a slaughtered crocodile—will protest outside the Hermès store in Tumon tomorrow, Black Friday. The action comes in the wake of PETA U.S.’ investigation of farms that supply crocodile and alligator skins to Hermès-owned tanneries, which revealed that reptiles were kept inside barren or severely crowded pits. One farm manager sawed open alligators’ necks, and some of the animals were still moving minutes after the crude attempt to slaughter them.

Where:           Outside Hermès, T Galleria by DFS, 1296 Pale San Vitores Rd., Tumon

When:             Friday, November 27, 12 p.m. sharp

“PETA U.S.’ investigation reveals a grisly source of Hermès’ ‘luxury’ accessories—living, feeling animals who were mutilated and left to die slowly and painfully,” says PETA Asia senior campaigner Ashley Fruno. “We’re calling on Hermès to stop profiting from these animals’ miserable lives and deaths by taking exotic skins off its shelves for good.”

As documented in the investigation by PETA U.S.—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—workers shot alligators in the head, some multiple times, with a captive-bolt gun and sawed into the back of their necks with a box cutter to sever their blood vessels. Some animals survived and were seen moving in ice-water bins minutes afterward. When the captive-bolt gun at one facility was believed to be malfunctioning, the manager told a worker to cut into hundreds of conscious alligators and try to dislocate their vertebrae and then shove a metal rod up their spinal columns in an attempt to scramble their brains.

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