Hurting animals for fashion is beyond selfish. You won’t believe what these greedy brands are doing to animals just so that they can sell so-called “luxury” coats, bags, watchbands, and other accessories to the wealthy people who are willing to pay top dollar for them.
Canada Goose Jackets
Wild coyotes are trapped for Canada Goose’s fur-trimmed jackets. The terrified animals endure excruciating pain while stuck in leg-hold traps, often suffering for days. Mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have been known to try to chew off their own legs to escape. When trappers return to the traps, they kill the coyotes who haven’t already died from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, infection, or attacks by predators—by strangling them, stomping on them, beating them to death, or shooting them.
Coyotes bark just like dogs when they're scared.
— peta2 (@peta2) May 12, 2016
Canada Goose also tortures birds to make its overpriced jackets. Instead of using a humane, non-animal product to fill their jackets, the company uses down—the soft layer of feathers closest to birds’ skin—from ducks and geese. The birds are killed for their feathers and flesh, and sometimes their throats are slit while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.
Prada and Hermès Ostrich-Leather Bags
PETA investigators traveled to South Africa to get never-before-seen footage inside the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world, including the exclusive supplier of ostrich skins for Hermès Birkin bags. These slaughterhouses also supply ostrich skins to Prada, Louis Vuitton, and other top European fashion houses.
Investigators saw workers hit ostriches in the face during transport, force terrified birds into stun boxes—causing many to slip and fall—and then slit their throats. Those next in line to be killed watched helplessly as their terrified flockmates were murdered right in front of them.
If you’ve ever seen one of these purses or other accessories with the round bumps on it, it was probably made from the skin of an intelligent, sensitive ostrich who suffered and was killed for fashion.
The recognizable bumps on ostrich leather are actually follicles where the ostriches’ feathers were ripped from their bodies.
PETA investigators documented the appalling conditions in which animals are raised and killed for bags, belts, and watchbands. Alligators are packed into cramped pools for months or even years before finally being slaughtered for their skins.
A PETA investigator also documented that workers crudely hacked into the necks of some alligators and tried to scramble their brains with metal rods—all in the name of “luxury.” Some animals were still conscious, flailing, and kicking, even minutes after workers tried to kill them.
In Winnie, Texas, there’s an alligator factory that sends skins to an Hermès-owned tannery, and there, PETA’s investigator found alligators kept in dirty sheds without sunshine, fresh air, clean water, or even basic medical care. At just 1 year old, alligators are shot with a captive-bolt gun—sometimes repeatedly before they die—or crudely cut into while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. Our investigator documented workers there cutting open more than 500 conscious alligators as some struggled to escape and stabbing others to try to dislocate their vertebrae—even though a manager admitted that “reptiles will continue to live” after that.
After the alligators’ miserable lives and sometimes slow, gruesome deaths, their skins are sent to France and made into “luxury” items such as watchbands that can cost around $2,000. WTF!
At the facility of one of the world’s largest exporters of Nile crocodile skins in Zimbabwe, tens of thousands of crocodiles are confined to barren concrete pits from birth to slaughter. They’re deprived of the opportunity to do anything natural and important to them, including digging tunnels, playing, protecting their young, or using tools to hunt as they would do in nature.
In the wild, Nile crocodiles can live to be up to 80 years old, but at this facility, they’re slaughtered at approximately age 3.
Many belly skins are sent to an Hermès-owned tannery where they end up becoming “luxury” items such as Birkin and Kelly handbags that can cost $50,000 or more. It takes two or three crocodiles to make just one handbag. Tell Hermès to stop selling products made out of crocodile and alligator skins now!
Together, We Can Stop This Cruelty
If hearing about how these luxury brands are torturing animals upsets you, tell them to remove animal skins from their collections—and think about other easy ways you can help animals. Most of us can’t afford these luxury products, but we may be causing animals to suffer for our fashion, too.
Check it out: Much of the leather in the U.S. comes from India, where cows are often forced to march hundreds of miles in the heat without food or water—or they are tied up, crammed onto trucks, and transported thousands of miles to Bangladesh to be killed. In the slaughterhouse, workers cut the cows’ throats and tear their skin off. Cows are sometimes still alive and kicking when their skin is removed—all for a shoe or a belt. Just like animals used for their “exotic” skins, cows are intelligent animals with emotions and unique personalities. They feel pain just as we do, and they do not want to die for our fashion.
In China, where a lot of the world’s leather also comes from, a PETA Asia undercover investigation revealed that dogs are bludgeoned and killed so that their skin can be turned into leather shoes, gloves, belts, and other accessories, too. There’s no easy way to tell the difference between skin from dogs and skin from other animals.