Their Turn - The Social Justice Movement of Our Time Their Turn - The Social Justice Movement of Our Time

Undercover Investigators Expose Atrocities on Alligator Farms that Supply Retailer Hermès

June 24, 2015 by Leave a Comment


The News

UPDATE: On July 24th, one month after PETA released video showing crocodiles and alligators used to make Birkin bags being tortured, British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermès to remove her name from the line of handbags: “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place.”

—————————————————————————————————————————————————

In 2001, a NY Times fashion writer reported that Jessica Seinfeld, the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, attempted to use her famous last name at an Hermès store to jump to the front of a waiting list for a Birkin Bag, a purse regarded by many as the ultimate status symbol. Ms. Seinfeld, exasperated by negative stories written about her in gossip columns, denied the allegations in subsequent media coverage. Lost in the celebrity scandal were the real victims: the alligators and crocodiles who are raised and slaughtered in concrete factories to make the purses.

Reality star Kris Jenner wears Hermès purse made from alligator skin (photo: purseblog.com)

Reality star Kris Jenner wears Hermes purse made from alligator skin (photo: purseblog.com)

In 2014, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent undercover investigators into factories in Zimbabwe and Texas that supply Hermes with their crocodiles and alligators. Video footage shows employees cutting into their bodies while they are fully conscious, sawing into the back of their necks with a box cutter to sever their blood vessels and stabbing them in an attempt to dislocate their vertebrae during the drawn-out slaughter process. Investigators documented crocodiles bleeding out and writhing in agony for several minutes.

The undercover investigation also revealed the conditions in which the alligators and crocodiles are housed. In the wild, these intelligent animals raise their young, use tools to capture their prey and live for decades, often longer than humans. On factory farms, the crocodiles are intensively confined in concrete pits, forced to live in pools of their own excrement and denied the chance to do anything that comes naturally to them. They are slaughtered after just one year.

Alligators at farm that supplies Hermès live in excrement-filled concrete pits

Crocodiles at Hermes crocodile skin supplier live in excrement-filled concrete pits

Hermès' alligator factory farm in Zimbabwe

Hermes’ crocodile factory farm in Zimbabwe

Hermès suppliers slaughter up to four alligators to make just one Birkin bag. The skins are also used to make watchbands, belts, shoes and other accessories.

Alligator: before & after

Alligator: before & after

In a statement included in the NY Times story about the PETA investigation, Hermès defends its products and expresses no remorse about the brutality exposed in the video.

In Texas, the Chambers County District Attorney is conducting an investigation at Lone Star Alligator Farms.

Crocodiles at Hermes supplier in Zimbabwe

Crocodiles intensively confined at Hermès supplier in Zimbabwe

Your Turn

The alligators sold by Hermès are subjected to unspeakable atrocities on their journey to becoming a purse. Please sign letter asking Hermes to stop selling items made from crocodile and alligator skins.

Up to 4 alligators must be slaughtered to make one Hermès Berkin Bag

Up to 4 alligators must be slaughtered to make one Hermès Birkin Bag



Comments via Facebook

TheirTurn.net Comments

  1. Kathleen says:

    Who would know the difference between a fake alligator purse or snake boots? I believe all skins belong on the original owner to whom the creator gave it. I wear no creature on my back, arms or feet.

  2. Brónagh Cobain says:

    This is disgusting. Absolutely devasting to be human, sharing a species with this scum. This scum who make the bags, market the bags, sell the bags and buy the bags. Let’s be honest though if I was any other animal at all I’d probably have been captured, slaughtered, shot, skinned or beaten to death by now.
    These people will get what’s coming to them one day, if karma doesn’t get them soon I will and that’s a threat. I’d probably be fine to while out the whole human race right now as an apology to them, the beautiful creatures we destroy.

  3. Natasha Brenner says:

    What kind of a “God” would allow such horrors? Just when I think I’ve heard the worst, something like this comes along. We are a depraved society!

  4. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    Hermes isn’t the only fashion house slaughtering animal species for their goods. Burberry, Prada, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Dior, etc., etc., etc. – the list is DISGUSTING – ALL USE REPTILE SKINS AND/OR FUR IN THEIR COLLECTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did extensive research on just the above-noted companies within the past year, and I refuse to buy any of their products now.

    1. Kathleen says:

      Bravo! You did do your homework! I will not ever knowingly wear any skin other than my own!

  5. Regina Mcgrath says:

    My heart breaks everytime I read another horrific animal murderings from around the world!
    All for human greed at the expense of innocent animals! We’re the Voice for Our Animal Kingdom. These Evil Murders will pay in the Next Life! God So Loves the Animals. I’ve almost lost faith in Humanity! Animals are Gift from God! Stop this Evil Act!

    1. Kathleen says:

      Every once and a while, I feel like people are bad, vicious, uncaring then I see something loving, warm and caring and my faith in mankind is restored. I know there is wickedness out there; I am not naive but I prefer not to go looking for it; to center on the good. Be steady and of good heart!

  6. britt says:

    This behavior is an atrocitie. People have turned into status seeking money coveting barbarians. Why are these situations allowed to exist. I sign 50 petitions a day and it makes no diffrence. Until authorities begin to take these situations seriously things will never change.

  7. Elham says:

    Undercover Investigators Expose Atrocities on Alligator Farms that Supply Retailer Hermès

    STOP STOP STOP PLZ PLZ PLZ

  8. Carmen Diaz says:

    Stop these atrocity

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *