Crocodiles in Vietnam are skinned alive to make “luxury” leather bags, belts, and watchstraps for the world’s leading fashion brands – including Louis Vuitton – a horrifying undercover investigation has revealed. Crocodiles were also filmed lying motionless in tiny concrete cells, some narrower than their own bodies. Others were found jam-packed by the dozens into barren concrete pits.
A deep incision is first made across the back of the animal’s neck, before a steel rod is driven down their spinal column in a practice known as “pithing”, to destroy nerve tissue. Some of the crocodiles can be seen still moving after their skins have been completely removed. A worker at one of the farms, interviewed in the video, says it is not uncommon for the crocodiles to take several hours to die.
Whether it’s Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Prada or any other brand, a crocodile skin bag means a living, feeling being experienced a miserable life and a ghastly death. PETA is calling on everyone not to buy exotic skins to prevent reptiles from being imprisoned, mutilated and skinned alive.