On Tuesday (11.07,) PETA, the animal rights organization released an open letter criticizing Pharrell Williams for selling a crocodile skin handbag as part of his Louis Vuitton fashion line.
The statement, written by PETA Senior VP Lisa Lange, read “When you were made men’s creative director of Louis Vuitton, we hoped animals would get lucky and that you would choose vegan fabrics, which are the preference of today’s ethical and environmentally conscious consumers.” “But we aren’t happy to note your newest design, the Millionaire Speedy bag, which is crafted from crocodile skin, because when it comes to animals being used for fashion, it isn’t beautiful – it’s abuse.”
“A PETA Asia investigation found workers at LVMH’s suppliers cutting live crocodiles’ necks open and ramming metal rods down their spines while they were still conscious. Another investigation revealed that workers at facilities supplying LVMH struck pythons repeatedly on the head, suspending them in the air, inflating their bodies with water, and disembowelling them – even as they moved about.” “You’d want to bring along nose plugs and high boots to wade through foetid, waste-filled water.”
“If we go to an indoor tank, also bring a flashlight, because you won’t see daylight. There are no blurred lines here.” “Killing wildlife for a bag isn’t cool – it’s cold. Are you up for this trip?”
Pharrell, who was appointed Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Creative Director earlier this year, has not yet responded to the PETA letter concerning the bright yellow crocodile skin handbag, priced at $1,000,000.00.