Versace, Michael Kors Face Pressure Over Exotic Skins

Posted by on September 23, 2020 | Permalink

“When will Capri Holdings protect public health and animal welfare by no longer sourcing exotic animal skins?”

That’s the question that a representative of PETA US – which owns stock in the parent company of Versace, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo – is asking during Capri Holdings’ annual meeting today.

Versace has already banned fur and kangaroo skin – Donatella Versace went so far as to say, “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right” – and Michael Kors has banned fur and mohair, but both brands still sell products made using reptile skins.

Exotic Skins Could Spark the Next Pandemic

A PETA exposé of a farm in Vietnam revealed crocodiles packed together in filthy conditions. Vietnam exports around 30,000 crocodile skins every year.

This is life – and death – for many victims of the fashion industry, whose skins are used to make “luxury” leather bags, belts, and watch straps sold around the world. Animals imprisoned in close quarters take out their aggression on one another, and injuries commonly lead to infection and disease.

The images of workers in blood-soaked abattoirs are reminiscent of the filthy, cramped wet market where scientists believe the novel coronavirus originated. At such markets, animals such as snakes and lizards, also used for their skin in fashion, can be bought for consumption.

Exotic skins industry

Wet market

Animals Suffer for Exotic Skins

Crocodiles, lizards, and snakes may be poached from their natural habitats or raised on squalid farms and killed in the most gruesome and painful ways before their skins are exported to Europe and used by “luxury” brands. Reptiles, just like mammals, can feel pain, yet they’re frequently mutilated without any prior stunning or pain relief.

When it comes to fear and the desire to be free from pain, we’re all the same, whether we have skin, fur, or scales.

Crocodiles like to have fun by blowing bubbles. Snakes are intelligent and quick learners, and some cobras even “play dead” until potential threats have passed. Just like us, animals want to enjoy life, and they feel fear when their lives are threatened.

What You Can Do

Please speak up for animals exploited and slaughtered for their skin. It’s time that all brands stopped selling items made with exotic skins – to protect humans and other animals.