Jane Birkin is the namesake of the Hermès Birkin bag—but why is she refusing to speak out against this cruelty?
Jane Birkin already knows that ostriches are shocked, smacked, killed, plucked, and skinned for her namesake—the Birkin bag—but she has failed to speak out against this cruelty.
Watch PETA France’s parody video below that calls on the ’70s singer to ditch the vile ostrich leather:
PETA’s first-ever exposé of the ostrich-slaughter industry showed the world that young ostriches are kept in barren dirt feedlots until they are transported to slaughterhouses. There, the birds—when they’re only a year old—are turned upside down in a stunner. Then their throats are slit and their feathers are plucked out, creating the bumpy-textured, or “goose bump,” skin used for Birkin bags.
PETA France has sent the video to Jane in the hope that it will inspire her to put herself in the place of the animals being killed for the bags that carry her name. The video comes after numerous pleas from PETA U.K. urging her to denounce the cruelty of the exotic-skins industry.
Every ostrich-skin bag with the Birkin name on it means that a sensitive young ostrich endured a miserable life and a terrifying death. Jane should seize this opportunity to disassociate herself from Hermès before her name becomes permanently associated with cruelty to animals.
You Can Help
Watch and share the video taken inside the largest ostrich-slaughter companies in the world. Then pledge not to purchase ostrich or other exotic skins.