Jane Birkin Ignores Cruelty to Ostriches, but Can She Ignore This?

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Despite hearing that ostriches are shocked, smacked, killed, plucked and skinned for her namesake – the Birkin bag – Jane Birkin has so far failed to speak out against this cruelty. Now in a new parody video, PETA France is calling on the ’70s singer to tell Hermès to ditch the cruel ostrich leather:

PETA’s first-ever exposé of the ostrich-slaughter industry showed the world that young ostriches are kept in barren dirt feedlots until they are transported to abattoirs. There, the birds – when they’re only a year old – are turned upside down in a stunner. Then their throats are slit and their feathers are plucked out, creating the bumpy-textured, or “goose bump”, skin used for Birkin bags.

PETA France has sent the video to Jane in the hope that it will inspire her to put herself in the place of the animals being killed for the bags that carry her name. The video comes after numerous pleas from PETA urging her to denounce the cruelty of the exotic-skins industry.

Ostrich in Restraint Device for Plucking

Every ostrich-skin bag with the Birkin name on it means that a sensitive young ostrich endured a miserable life and a terrifying death. Jane should seize this opportunity to disassociate herself from Hermès before her name becomes as synonymous with cruelty to animals as that of Cruella de Vil.

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  • Jennifer Comer commented on July 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm


  • Karen commented on July 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm


  • moira brabender commented on July 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hane Birkin. Are you so full of yourself that you believe ostriches don’t suffer any pain before being killed so you can have a BAG made out of their skin? Who wants to carry a bloodstained skin on their arm. A dead bird bag? If you want to have a bag like HIS, Go and kill the poor ostrich YOURSELF. No, I din’t think you would as you are too cowardly. the people who pay a fortune for a bag made of bird skin need to ask themselves , do I have compassion in me , or do I ditch Birkin and her bag?

    • Eileen Piercy commented on July 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      You have said everything that other people are thinking including myself. Jane Birkin should be made to be there to watch exactly what happens to these poor creatures and then, maybe she will understand how we hate her so much.

      • moira brabender commented on August 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Jane Birkin must be devoid of all compassion just to have birds killed to make ‘her’ bags Eileen. The so called ‘stars’ swan about showing they have the money to buy he skin bags. Who is worse. them or her? She must be laughing herself all the way to the bank with the blood money.

  • dean robinson commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    another excellent exposure of corrupt and cruel thinkology. well done peta and whoever was behind this campaign. i’m proud to support peta with a subscription. i hope more will do so too.

  • Carolanne hogg commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Let’s make a bag out of your skin and you will see how it feels to go through torture pain and fear cutting your life short for the sake of sick fashionistic people, get your act together and ditch this barbaric way to make a few quid!! No one will buy your bags when they find out how you let this happen to make your ego bigger than what it is!!!

  • Wendy commented on July 16, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Ffs why do people still eat animals ? Who is the human race to decide ? Despairing

    • Carolanne hogg commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      The human race are the sick animals here !!!

  • Teresa commented on July 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I despair of the human perpetrators of these HEINOUS CRIMES against our innocent fellow creatures, all in the name of HUMAN GREED & VANITY! Iam sickened and heart broken for these lovely creatures who are the victims of such HUMAN ATROCITIES. This barbery has got to stop before the whole human race becomes so evil there will be no place safe for the few who know RIGHT from BLATANT WRONG! SHAME ON THE HUMANS WHO CONDONE THESE SICKENING ACTS OF CRUELTY.

    • deanveggy commented on August 1, 2016 at 11:34 am

      @teresa +1 ..i understand your anger, me too.

  • Shane Hardy commented on August 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Could not agree more with the comments made so far, no animals should suffer at all just to satisfy the moronic needs of some to be seen to be ‘fashionable’ or with it – appalling cruelty & really what for?

  • Valerie Harpo commented on August 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I am really surprised since I saw Jane Birkin on tv saying she refuses to have her name added to the ostrich Birkin bag. Do you lack this info ? Whatever… you should check your sources first, it is the kind of hared reactions that can put off Peta for good

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