Check out this list of brands that have banned exotic skins, from top lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret to high-end designer Vivienne Westwood. Check back often to see which new companies have made this kind commitment!
The following companies banned exotic skins after seeing PETA’s exposés:
- Adolfo Domínguez
- Ahold Delhaize brands (including Bol.com)
- Alexandre Birman
- Ann Inc.
- Arcadia Group (which owns Topshop)
- Diane von Furstenberg
- HUGO BOSS
- Jil Sander
- Karl Lagerfeld
- L Brands (which owns Victoria’s Secret)
- Nine West
- Paul Smith
- PVH Corp. (including its brands Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)
- Samuel Hubbard
- Victoria Beckham
Why Companies Must Ban Exotic Skins
Animals are not ours to wear. In never-before-seen footage, a PETA investigation revealed that horrific suffering is stitched into every item made with exotic skins: Workers seal pythons’ mouths and anuses with constriction bands, cut a hole in their head or tail, and then inflate them to death with an air compressor. Crocodiles are electroshocked, stabbed, inflated, and likely skinned alive just to make bags, shoes, belts, and other accessories that are sold around the world.
Cruelty is rampant in the fashion industry. PETA and our international affiliates have exposed other cruel ways in which animals are killed for their skin:
- Snakes are commonly nailed to trees, decapitated, or cut open and then skinned alive.
- Workers kill crocodiles by ramming a metal rod down their spine.
- Lizards are clubbed over the head, or their spine is severed with a chisel.
Take Action for Animals Used for Fashion
Using animals for clothing or accessories is a dying business. As people everywhere learn how animals suffer in the fashion industry, companies, fashion design universities, and even entire cities are banning animal-derived materials. You can do your part by always opting for stylish and sustainable vegan fabrics.
Although many companies have made the ethical decision to ban exotic skins, others are still holding out.
Tens of thousands of people have urged luxury brand LVMH—Louis Vuitton’s parent company—to ditch exotic skins, and you can join them. It takes only a minute using your phone or computer—so what are you waiting for?