New PETA Exposé Reveals Live Snakes Skinned for Fashion Accessories

New PETA Exposé Reveals Live Snakes Skinned for Fashion Accessories

London – PETA has released footage showing how snakes are abused and killed in Indonesia so that their skins can be sold to fashion brands. In the slaughterhouse, employees hit the pythons on the head with a hammer and hung them on a scaffold by driving a nail through their head into a wooden board – all while the animals were fully conscious. The snakes were then pumped full of water through the mouth and anus before being skinned, presumably while still alive.

“Torturing animals for handbags or boots is archaic and unacceptable – especially when high-end vegan options are available,” says PETA Vice President Mimi Bekhechi. “Fashion should be fun, not fatal, and it’s high time the fashion industry renounced exotic skins for good.”

The footage is reminiscent of similar exposés of Indonesian slaughterhouses released in 2021, which revealed snakes in the exotic skins industry being pumped up with an air compressor before being skinned. The latest video footage shows employees inserting tubes into the snakes’ mouths or chopping off their tails and tying off their cloacal openings to pump them full of water, as this makes it easier to skin the animals. The animals are forced to endure all this while fully conscious and without pain relief. Workers then skin the snakes while the animals are likely still alive.

Designers who have banned the use of exotic skins from their collections include Mulberry, Victoria Beckham, Chanel, and Paul Smith.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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