The Shocking Truth Behind Snakeskin Fashions

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Posted September 12, 2013 by Kenneth Montville

Snakes are remarkable animals, but they have an unearned negative reputation. Some people have even come to fear these stunning animals, but in reality, snakes have more reasons to fear us.

Every year, at least 440,000 pythons are slaughtered in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam—just to be made into shoes and handbags! The real number is probably way higher because this number doesn’t include the thousands of illegally traded pythons who are exported annually.

Most are torn from their own homes deep in the jungles of Indonesia and Malaysia.

snake-on-branch

Once they are captured, their heads are often forced down and cut off with a machete. Others have their heads nailed to a tree and their skins slowly peeled off. Because of their slow metabolisms, snakes remain conscious and are able to feel pain and fear even after they have their heads cut off.

snake being decapitated with an axe

If they aren’t beheaded or nailed to a tree, they are beaten to death. Their jaws are forced open so that a tube can be jammed down their throats, then their bodies are pumped full of water to make their skins easier to remove. Ropes are tied tightly around their necks to prevent any fluid from escaping their bodies.

close-up of bloody snake's face

Bloated, suffering, and dying slowly, they can be left hanging for more than 10 minutes.

hanging snakes

Their bodies are slit open from end to end to loosen their once strong and protective skin.

snake sliced open

Once the skin is limp, it is ripped from the snakes’ bodies. The snakes’ skins are no longer their own and are now the prized possessions of their captors. The skins are shipped off to tanneries to be treated with chemicals and sold to the fashion industry.

skin being removed from snake

Many snakes are still alive as they are tossed into a pile of other snakes and left to die slowly. They often suffer for several days before dying from dehydration.

Snakes are not the only animals who suffer for fashion. Millions of lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles are violently killed every year so that their skins can be torn from their bodies to make wallets, belts, boots, and handbags. Reptiles may be cold-blooded, but wearing their skins is cold-hearted.

Now that you know, what will you do about it? 

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  • Profile photo of DeannaDrew

    306 days ago

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    i cried & almost threw up reading this

  • 308 days ago

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    I love Snakes! I have never seen real snake skin fashion before and I am so thankful especially now that I’ve been scarred to tears.

  • Profile photo of gblackard

    356 days ago

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    Snakes are my all time favorite animal! This makes me sick! Nobody deserves to suffer like that. :(

  • Profile photo of kRemenCe

    380 days ago

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    none of the animals deserve any of this!! no matter if it is a snake,lion, catfish,shark….this is just….unhuman!

  • 513 days ago

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    Only kind of a good snake is a dead snake. This is amazing.

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      509 days ago

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      John Lowder, it is sad and sick that you would say that. People like you are part of the problem.

  • 513 days ago

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    that is very unhumanity how they can afford to do that? are they really sick for the sake of money to do that horrifying things?…….Gosh I’m really scared with the snake but seeing this! it tears me apart its gives me pity for that creature………..hope someday they realized there horrible job make them horrified…God will pay you for this….. :-(

  • 513 days ago

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    I’m very depressed after watching this

  • 513 days ago

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    disgusting.

  • 514 days ago

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    I dont really care for snakes nor do i buy snake skins shoes ect…my point is that this is really sad, if you buy it you now know what they go thou for people to wear or hold them…

  • Profile photo of katkat

    514 days ago

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    i feel sick…

  • 514 days ago

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    so sad those ppl should be shot!!

  • Profile photo of KawaiiShiba101

    562 days ago

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    This is horrible. And in Japan, China, etc. they beat animals then skin them alive or dead cause they belive that pain makes them taste good.

  • 589 days ago

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    Eu ja sabia, mas parece que cada vez que escuto isso, mas me desespero.E realmente lastimavel a capacidade do ser humano de causar tanto sofrimento aos animais.POR FAVOR NAO COMPREM PELES DE ANIMAIS.

  • Profile photo of alexblue

    594 days ago

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    I’m passing this on to friends and family…I think if more people learn about this horribleness, fewer people will buy skin clothing, shoes, bags, etc. and the industry will soon die out, not the animals.

  • 596 days ago

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    I am not a snake lover yet when I see these type of pictures & listen to the horrible stories I cannot fathom what is wrong with this so called humans…& feel totally helpless & heartbroken realizing what a painful & agonizing way these poor snakes had to die in the hands of wicked people.

  • Profile photo of america115

    596 days ago

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    Oh my goodness!
    Why would you kill & skin such a beautiful animal?!?! It’s outrageous!!!
    It’s skin should be admired & photographed not taken straight from the flesh & sold!

  • Profile photo of Shan182

    596 days ago

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    This is so sad, I just went to a snake sanctuary last weekend. Snakes are so beautiful and interesting. The place even had a snake that was given to them by the D.A. because it was responsible for a man’s death but they didn’t want to kill it or harm it. Everyone should treat snakes that way, and not like these manufacturers. I don’t understand how people can still buy things made from animals when there are so many nice faux alternatives.

  • 598 days ago

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    barbaric …

  • 598 days ago

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    how about we make bags with human skins instead

  • 598 days ago

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    its not good

  • 598 days ago

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    Im going to blame the idiots who still but these products.

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    599 days ago

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    Use animal print, not animal skin

  • 599 days ago

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    .. hope more people will open their eyes with this heartbreaking truth i will never patronate their product….

  • 599 days ago

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    The other day I saw a lady with one of those over sized tote bags. Made from ostrich leather. OMG, I see this bag every time I close my eyes: literally, it was a size of an ostrich itself, I mean, whole corp! If you can financially afford getting an expensive thing for you closet, don’t you ever ask your heart and brain if you can afford taking somebody’s life?

  • Profile photo of TheVeganDancer

    599 days ago

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    Why is it necessary to do this? Snakes can live,breathe,and think.Just like any other animal! I am shamed to be a human.

  • Profile photo of hakred

    599 days ago

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    These pictures made the little hairs on my arm stand up. People need to see this kind of thing.

  • Profile photo of Nicholebridgewater

    600 days ago

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    This is one of the saddest and most disgusting things ever. I love snakes. :(
    Thank you so much for the information!

  • Profile photo of Sagojyou

    600 days ago

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    OMG This is absolutely disgusting! I did not know this, so thank you for the eye-opener!

  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    601 days ago

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    How disgusting. Humans are truly barbarians!

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