A single Hermès Kelly bag made from baby alligator skin costs $43,000. But the price these alligators and crocodiles pay is far greater. Their short lives are spent packed in fetid pools and dank, dark sheds without sunshine, fresh air, clean water, or basic medical care.This misery ends with their inhumane and unthinkably painful slaughter, after which only their bellies are used for these luxury goods.
Join me in asking Hermès help put a stop to the unethical farming of alligators and crocodiles, and discontinue use of these skins in their products.
At just one year old, baby alligators are shot with a captive-bolt gun and crudely hacked into while still conscious and fully able to feel pain. All for a “luxurious” watch band that rarely even lasts a year. PETA has documented this horrifying abuse and slaughter at farms in Zimbabwe and Texas, which contract exclusively with Hermès. You can watch their gruesome video here.
Alligators and crocodiles are highly intelligent and social animals. They work together to capture their prey. They have even been recorded using tools to hunt. They are devoted mothers, who stand guard over their eggs for months and stay with their babies for years. In the wild, their life expectancy is longer than humans’. But the fashion industry kills them in cold blood when they are no more than three years old.
Hermès has a die-hard and devoted following. They could do so much for animal welfare by ending their contracts with these cruel farms and announcing they will no longer use alligator and crocodile skins.
I am calling on animal lovers everywhere to help stop this carnage posing as “luxury.”Please join me in asking Hermès to take the higher ground, and discontinue its support of cruel alligator and crocodile farming.