Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Dries Van Noten Ban Exotic Skins

Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Dries Van Noten Ban Exotic Skins

London – PETA is celebrating after luxury fashion company Puig – owner of labels Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, and Dries Van Noten – confirmed it will stop selling items made out of the skins of snakes, crocodiles, and other exotic animals. The family-owned Spanish company, which “aims to leave a better world for the next generation”, has assured PETA that “steps have already been taken to no longer use exotic skins” at its CH Carolina Herrera sub-brand, meaning the crocodile and python accessories currently available will be its last.

“Behind every item made out of exotic skins is an animal who endured a violent, bloody death,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “We applaud Puig’s compassionate decision and encourage other brands to follow its example.”

PETA has released several exposes of the exotic-skins industry revealing rampant cruelty. A recent PETA Asia exposé shows that pythons’ mouths and anuses are closed off with rubber bands and workers cut a hole in either the snakes’ heads or tails to insert a hose and inflate the animals with an air compressor, causing them to suffocate to death. Alligators are commonly kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds until slaughter, when their necks are hacked open and a metal rod is shoved up into their brains, often while they’re fully conscious. And year-old ostriches are transported by lorry to abattoirs, where workers flip them upside down, stun them, and slit their throats.

The exotic-skins industry also poses a significant public-health risk: experts warn that these unsanitary and crowded conditions are the perfect breeding ground for viruses such as the one that caused the COVID-19 pandemic – which is believed to have originated in a live-animal market similar to the farms where exotic skins come from.

Puig’s brands join a growing list of top designers and retailers – including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Paul Smith, Selfridges, and Mulberry – which have all banned the sale of exotic skins.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – is calling on other leading fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Prada, to introduce a ban on exotic skins. The group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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