An eyewitness investigation of reptile farms in Vietnam revealed that reptiles face immense suffering for "luxury" fashion. Workers electroshocked crocodiles before shoving metal rods down their spines in an attempt to kill them, and many remained conscious afterwards before being violently skinned.
Confined to small, barren enclosures, thousands upon thousands of crocodiles face this torture every year in Vietnam alone. Two of the farms investigated had supplied crocodile skins to a tannery owned by Louis Vuitton's parent company, LVMH.
PETA and our international affiliates have also exposed suffering on reptile farms in the US and Africa. It's clear that wherever they come from, exotic animal skins are a product of intense cruelty.
But it's not only reptiles who suffer. LVMH is still selling garments made with fur – even though the fur trade slaughters millions of animals, including foxes, coyotes, and minks, in gruesome ways each year. These animals typically spend their lives in tiny wire cages on fur farms before being killed by gassing, electrocution, or other ghastly methods.
This is life – and death – for many victims of the fashion industry, whose skin or fur is used to make "luxury" garments and accessories sold around the world.
Animals who are farmed and killed for their skins suffer immensely. The best thing you can do to help them is to refuse to buy or wear fur, exotic skins, and other animal-derived materials.
Please also urge LVMH to shed fur and exotic skins from Louis Vuitton and all its other brands.