The Crocodile Skin Trade deserved an investigation after Louis Vuitton recently launched one of the worlds most expensive handbags made out of rare crocodile skin, a “snip” at $55,000 to which there is already a waiting list.
The actual “cost” of these bags goes far beyond the ludicrous financial price tags that come with it, the real “cost” is the welfare of the animals who’s life it is solely to be worn on the shoulder of some rich, bloodthirsty and pretentious twat who want to show off their latest piece of designer wear to their sad little mates.
Whilst I am not a vegetarian and I can say that I wear leather, it may appear somewhat contradictory, but when you look into the sad life of these crocodiles, up until their execution you can’t help but feel that these animals are simply being exploited for huge financial gain and treated terribly, which is where I have an issue.
One of the world’s largest exporters of Nile crocodile skins are based in Zimbabwe, where tens of thousands of crocodiles are confined to concrete pits from birth to slaughter. They are deprived of the opportunity to engage in natural behaviours including digging tunnels, playing, protecting their young, or using tools to hunt as they would do in nature. In the wild, Nile crocodiles can live to be up to 80 years old, but at this facility they are slaughtered at the age of around 3.
PETA recently investigated this crocodile skin factory, and found that the actual slaughtering of the crocodiles was far from humane, they discovered that;
Workers crudely hacked into the necks of some alligators and tried to scramble their brains with metal rods—all in the name of “luxury.” Some animals were still conscious, flailing and kicking, even minutes after workers tried to kill them.
The video above shows the procedure and it’s pretty gruesome, is a bag really worth it?
Sadly, material things will always be a priority for some,despite the sad reality as to how those things were created, but the more pressure that is put on these industries to improve the conditions of the animals prior to be killed at this stage the better, luxury should not always equal cruelty.
The director of operations at the alligator / crocodile farm describes the ‘luxury’ bags market as ‘bulletproof’, and business has never been stronger, which is tragic reflection of just how morally detached the wealthy can be when they continue to purchase these products.
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