Page 3’s Amii Grove Knows Exotic Skins Belong in the Jungle, Not in Our Wardrobe!

Posted by on April 9, 2011 | Permalink

Amii Grove

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Warm-blooded males will be getting the message loud and clear today that only the cold-hearted could wear snakeskin boots or python belts. Model Amii Grove is supporting PETA’s campaign to highlight the plight of exotic animals who are killed for the skins trade by gracing the pages of Page 3 while body-painted to look like a snake. It took six hours for body painter Laura Scimone to transform Amii into a beautiful snake.

Amii was horrified to find out from PETA that snakes and lizards are commonly nailed to trees and skinned alive because of the widespread belief that live flaying imparts suppleness. It is estimated that 90 per cent or more of the snakes used in fashion could be wild caught, pushing some species towards extinction. Larger animals like pythons have hoses inserted into their mouths and are given large quantities of water in order to loosen their skin and thus make flaying easier. Their peeled, writhing bodies are then discarded, and it can take days before they die from shock and dehydration. All of this cruelty happens just so that their skins can be turned into boots, wallets and briefcases.

Please sign PETA’s pledge never to wear exotic skins.