Can you imagine walking into a pop-up leather goods store and finding fake animal intestines, blood and even a beating heart?
PETA recently created the pop-up shop in Bangkok’s trendiest shopping malls to show the animal cruelty that goes into making these types of goods like purses, jackets, and shoes.
PETA Asia said: ‘Crocodiles in Thailand are being farmed in the most inhumane of conditions. They are crammed into putrid tanks and ponds before being subjected to the cruelest of slaughter practices; being shot or hammered to shatter their spines and cause paralysis.
Some are skinned alive. And an average handbag requires the slaughter of not one, but four crocodiles. The blood, in demand for its purported medicinal properties, is drawn from the animal while the meat and hide is processed.’
Thailand has the largest crocodile farming industry in the world, with about 700,000 of the creatures killed annually.
PETA Asia said: ‘Snakes suffer no less. Every year, at least 440,000 pythons are caught in the jungles of south-east Asia, where some are hung, decapitated, and then skinned.
Some have their jaws forced open, a hose inserted into their body cavity, and then are pumped full of water so that their skin becomes easier to remove.’
The stunt comes as Peta announced on Thursday it had acquired shares in Prada in a bid to pressure the company over ostrich leather ‘goose bump’ handbags.
Peta’s Mimi Bekhechi said: ‘Every Prada goose bump bag means a young ostrich has been turned upside down in a stunner then ejected to have their throats cut and be plucked in a miserable and terrifying slaughter.’
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