Exposé Reveals That Live Reptiles Are Sawed Open on Supplier Farms

For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2015

Hong Kong — A nearly naked PETA Asia supporter, clad in only holiday-themed lingerie, with “Skin Is Skin” written across her torso and holding a sign reading “shop vegan”, will take to the streets outside an Hermès store to call on the retailer to drop cruel exotic skins from its shelves.

The demonstration comes in the wake of a PETA U.S. exposé of farms that supply crocodile and alligator skins to Hermès-owned tanneries, which revealed that reptiles were kept in 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, Shop G06-09, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central (near the corner of Ice House Street)

When:             Wednesday, December 9, 12 p.m.

“As PETA U.S.’ exposé reveals, animals were cut up, mutilated, and condemned to a slow death for every scrap of skin on Hermès’ shelves,” says PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker. “As more shoppers choose to leave exotic skins out of their wardrobes, it’s long past time for Hermès to stop peddling these cruel ‘luxury’ items.”

As pointed out by PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—workers on farms that supply Hermès-owned tanneries 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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