How far can humans go to satisfy their vices? Our immoral tendencies and desires to control everything around us are revealed in the countless times we have subjected animals and our environment to brutal and unethical actions.
We live in a delusion that we are omnipotent, and we possess the planet we inhabit, but we are on the wrong track.
Animals rights activists and organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) have been objecting to the practice of the world-famous fashion designer Louis Vuitton to use of crocodile skins in its products.
They have exposed the cruel conditions at the crocodile farms on numerous occasions.
In 2017, PETA bought a significant stake in Louis Vuitton’s parent company, the French luxury goods retailer Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, LVMH, to get access to shareholder meetings and question executives about their business practices of using exotic animal skins in the production of leather goods and clothes.
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of Peta, wrote:
“Every Peta exposé of the exotic-skins industry has found sensitive living beings crammed into filthy pits, hacked apart, and left to die. From demonstrating on the street to speaking up in the boardroom, Peta will push LVMH to stop selling any bag, watchband, or shoe made from a reptile’s skin.”
The constant pressure made LVMH promise to change its policy and ensure a “responsible supply” of crocodile skins. Its new attitude would allegedly ensure “the preservation of the species and the respect of local communities”, animal well-being, working conditions on the farms and the protection of the environment.
This announcement did not convince PETA, which stated:
“LVMH’s assurances of “responsibly-supplied” crocodile skin are tosh, given that it will apparently take the company nearly two years to get around to ensuring pretty much nothing.
Most importantly, the standard won’t prevent the worst of the cruel practices: the method of slaughter, which consists of cutting the back of the crocodile’s neck and thrusting a metal rod down the live animal’s spine, causing unimaginable agony.”
The PETA spokesperson also spoke about the promise of other fashion designers like Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and Diane von Furstenberg, to stop turning “exotic animals into fashion accessories.”
Some of the fashion accessories on Louis Vuitton’s website are sold for as much as £31,000.
LVMH stated that they will start treating the animals with compassion while they are killed, but did not specify the way the entire process has changed.
A video recorded in Vietnam during a PETA investigation exposed the horrors that happen on reptile farms, where crocodiles are raised and killed to make “luxury” leather bags. According to a farm owner, two of the farms supply skins of these reptiles to Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH, and “some of the biggest brands.”
The sufferings revealed will leave you speechless.
Crocodiles are initially electroshocked, so that workers can catch them, and move them to the farms, where they live in concrete walls and dirt water for up to 15 months, waiting to be slaughtered.
Then, workers attempt to kill them by cutting into their necks and ramming metal rods down their spines, while the poor reptiles shake vigorously.
Afterward, they cut and pull off their skin, often while the poor animals are still moving and bleeding.
According to PETA, a reptile expert who watched the footage stated that “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane,” and “There is no probability that these animals ‘died instantly.”
PETA and other animal rights organizations are still fighting against this practice, as they suspect that LVMH will improve animal standards and attitudes.
The charity website campaigns:
“PETA has exposed cruelty at reptile farms on three continents, and the story is always the same: grim, close confinement and violent death. Before buying items made out of exotic skins like these, please stop and think of the animals they come from and their intense suffering. Don’t support this cruelty with your purchases.”
The video has now gone viral, and after the initial shock, people are taking action and have started a petition to urge LVMH to stop the horror these animals are subjected to.