PETA US Exposé Reveals That Live Reptiles Are Sawn Open on Supplier Farms

For Immediate Release:
15 July 2015

Gold Coast – A PETA Australia supporter – bodypainted to look like a slaughtered crocodile – will lie on the ground outside the Hermès shop on the Gold Coast tomorrow. The action comes in the wake of PETA US’ exposé of farms that supply crocodile and alligator skins to Hermès-owned tanneries, which revealed that reptiles were kept in barren and severely crowded pits. One farm manager sawed open alligators’ necks, and some of the animals were still moving minutes after the crude attempt to slaughter them.

“PETA US’ exposé reveals a grisly source of Hermès’ ‘luxury’ accessories – living, feeling animals who were mutilated and left to die slowly and painfully”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaign Jason Baker. “We’re calling on Hermès to stop profiting from these animals’ miserable lives and deaths by taking exotic skins off the shelves for good.”

As documented in the investigation by PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – workers shot alligators in the head, some multiple times, with a captive-bolt gun and sawed into the back of their necks with a box cutter to sever their blood vessels. Some animals survived and were seen moving in ice-water bins minutes afterwards. When the captive-bolt gun at one facility was believed to be malfunctioning, the manager told a worker to cut into hundreds of conscious alligators and try to dislocate their vertebrae and then shove a metal rod up their spinal columns in an attempt to scramble their brains.

Where:           Outside the Hermès store, 9/7-11 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
When:             Thursday, 16 July, 12:30 pm

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.