BREAKING: PETA Supporters Crash Hermès Event in London
Earlier this evening, PETA supporters descended on the Sarabande Foundation in London to disrupt an event at which Hermès Artistic Director Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski was speaking and expose the luxury brand’s refusal to stop using exotic skins. Watch how the events unfolded below.
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) November 7, 2023
PETA protested this event to urge Hermès to drop these cruelly obtained materials and to remind everyone that animals are not ours to wear.
The confrontation is the latest action in PETA’s campaign urging Hermès to do right by animals. In September, a PETA “model” took over the Hermès runway at Paris Fashion Week, brandishing a sign reading, “Hermès: Drop Exotic Skins.”
Gutted and Skinned Alive
It takes two or three crocodiles to make just one Hermès bag. They are bludgeoned, gutted, and skinned alive to be turned into accessories. PETA US became a Hermès shareholder in 2015 after exposing cruelty at reptile farms in Texas and Zimbabwe that supplied a Hermès-owned tannery.
In 2017, an exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam showed that animals were confined to grim concrete stalls with unsanitary pools and subjected to violent deaths. Footage showed how workers cut into the animals’ spines while they were still alive and peeled off their skin.
In addition, a recent investigation by Kindness Project into Australian farms owned by Hermès documented that crocodiles were kept in cramped, barren enclosures and then mutilated and stabbed with a screwdriver.
Designers Are Saying NO to Exotic Skins
Many designers – including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Karl Lagerfeld, and Chanel – have dropped exotic skins from their collections. It’s time for Hermès to end its use of these cruelly obtained materials, too. Join our campaign by sending Hermès a message now: