PHOTOS: Here’s the Rest of Your Ostrich-Skin Handbag

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Draped with a “corpse” and carrying a mock ostrich-skin handbag, these activists drew attention to the shocking ostrich-skin industry in a striking protest in London this morning.

Hermes Ostrich Demo Protest

Hermes Ostrich Demo Protest

The bag pictured mirrors those made by Hermès and Prada, which are “status symbols” for wealthy customers willing to part with thousands of pounds for a single ostrich-skin accessory. The origin of the leather used for these “luxury” handbags would shock even the most hardened fashionistas.

Protester Charly explained why she felt moved to protest outside Hermès’ flagship London store on New Bond Street today:

“Anyone who buys a bumpy Birkin bag or pockmarked Prada purse is responsible for the shocking, slaughtering, plucking and skinning of a smart, sensitive and curious young ostrich”.

South Africa – where these intelligent, sensitive animals are intensively farmed for their skins – is the ostrich-killing capital of the world. The farm featured in this PETA US investigation is the exclusive supplier of the infamous Hermès Birkin bags. Investigators saw juvenile birds tightly packed into open-topped vehicles for the terrifying journey to slaughter.

Once the animals reach the abattoir, workers forcibly restrain them, electrically stun them and then cut their throats. Moments later, the feathers are torn from the birds’ still-warm bodies, and they are then skinned and dismembered. Wild ostriches can live for around 40 years, but on these farms, they are slaughtered when they’re just 1 year old to be turned into fashion accessories.


Take action against this cruel slaughter of ostriches by telling designer brands that murder will never be in fashion!


  • Alison Shearer commented on March 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Sad to see death for something so frivolous

    • Helen Lockwood commented on May 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm


  • Lynda Nicholson commented on March 31, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Disgusting, this must stop now.

  • zoulfa Boussora commented on April 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    This is awful to treat pets in these conditions!!

  • Shirley Gahan commented on April 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    A beautiful creature has to die just for a stupid persons vanity,

  • tracey commented on April 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Horrifying to know that in this world society still don’t realise that ALL animals have the right to survive. Im sure we can use other alternatives. Get a job that you can be proud of I hope you don’t sleep at night and that you can really say are you and your family safe.

  • susanna klugmann commented on April 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    … se avete bisogno dello status symbol comprate ARMANI che è sempre il più raffinato e non uccide nessuno!

    if you need a status symbol buy ARMANI that is always the most refined and he doesn’t kill anyone !

  • Susan Hall commented on April 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    It is sad to see what extent humans have sunk to just to make money. Shame on society.

  • heidi ahlstrand commented on April 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    stop this cruelity now.

  • Monika Smith commented on April 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    So sad that animals have to suffer like this for a Handbag.

  • wendy stock commented on April 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    How vain and stupid we human beings are!

  • Luci Rozanski commented on April 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    How vain and how cruel! Shame on the people who buy these luxury items.

  • Janie Rhodus commented on April 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Animals are NOT for our disposal, entertainment, clothing.. We are NOT superior beings.

  • sue higgins commented on April 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    there needs to be graphic photos of what it takes to get fur on YOUR back in ALL fashion magazines !

  • Andrew McDowall commented on April 8, 2016 at 6:54 pm


  • Alison Kyri commented on April 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    The people that purchase and sell these are every bit as demonic as the people that kill these beautiful creatures and make these ugly bags. All involved have blood on their hands and absolutely no heart or soul.

  • Shari commented on April 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    For every murdered animal by man if given a chance I would put you through the same procedure and have lack of concern for your fears and feelings. Then I could feel satisfied putting my wallet in your flesh, Just take a moment and think about that thought.

  • christina commented on April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Killing all these animals for fashion sake is cruel, disgusting and heartless. You have no right to kill animals for your brand just to make more money. Remember the suffering will come back to you 100 times For you HERMES AND PRADA.

  • regina schneider gaskin commented on April 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Every one died. We could use cadavers instead to kill and be cruel. New Lows are required. Sadist in jail !

  • trishana commented on April 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Animal skins are inhumane stop……fashion is nothing compared to precious animal lives

  • Mary Betteridge commented on April 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    It’s time that animals weren’t put through appalling pain and suffering just to satisfy the fashion requirements of mindless people. All cruel animal trades should be banned. Don’t the people who own these animal farms realise that animals feel pain , terror and suffering just as we do.

  • Chris Shanley commented on April 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Another example of mankind’s utter greed.shame on people who purchase these products.there has to be a stop to this.

  • Ashley Bambrough commented on April 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    It is totally disgusting, that in the 21st century some humans still think it necessary to kill other forms of life to satisfy their vanity! Surely all life is valuable and is as important as that of our own. We must respect all life and live in harmony with it, not abuse and destroy it!

  • David Thompson commented on April 8, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Words fail me but there are 3 words that sums up these Fashion Houses Immoral sadistic Butchers of Wildlife who only think of lining their greedy pockets they all have Blood on their hands blood of our Wildlife and they always will till its Stopped.

  • Silvia Raum commented on April 9, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Cruelty and murder will never be on fashion. Stop using animal skins in your stupid purses and collars

  • Zoe Bowden commented on April 9, 2016 at 12:58 am

    As usual humans are putting status and possessions and money before life showing their ignorance and arrogance and lack of respect for the planet. Disgusting.

  • ADELA ESTUDILLO commented on April 9, 2016 at 3:38 am


  • Rita Zago commented on April 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

    There is no need for this. Why do we have to do this fir fashion? It’s like wearing g corpses. Not at all attractive

  • VERA DE CAROLIS commented on April 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm


  • Jolanta coverdale commented on April 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Totally disgraceful ! Fashion companies are responsible for a lot of cruelty against defencless animals who totally depend on us
    Shame on them !

  • michael platt commented on April 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    wealth is shown by property,land,diamonds,antiques, a rolls,bentley,etc etc, not by fashion at the expense of animal cruelty those who do purchase fashion items knowing that the death of a animal produced that item,are not very nice people and should be ashamed of themselves

  • Amalia Ramirez Garcia commented on April 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    There are many ways to make money without making harm to animals.

  • Meher Behrana commented on April 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Ugly people wear skins and use accessories / ornaments made from beautiful animals. So sad, that humans have no value for animal life. Shameful and disgusting.

  • june rawbone commented on April 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    How can such a terrible thing happen to these lovely birds, It is so disgusting.

  • lorraine r cecere commented on April 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    People need to keep their bloody hands to themselves. If it is not on your own body it does not belong to you.

  • Lisa commented on May 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    This has too stop now!!!!!!

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