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The Exotic Animal Skin Trade      

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the real victims of fashion - THE exotic animal skin trade

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Humane Society International strongly opposes the exploitation of animals and the trade in exotic animal skins in particular generates thousands of animal victims, mainly for luxury fashion. 

Thousands of animals experience severe abuse and inhumane, long, agonising deaths. 

By avoiding purchasing or wearing any products of this cruel industry, you are helping to stop this terrible trade.

Facts about the Skin Trade

  • Nearly 500,000 python skins are exported from South-East Asia each year.
  • Pythons are traded for food, traditional Chinese medicine, and their skins for luxury fashion.
  • Most species of pythons are regulated under Cites Appendix II which means that a legal trade needs import and export licences and quotas. However, lack of monitoring and enforcement at customs means illegal skins can go undetected.
  • Most pythons are captured from the wild, and vast numbers are traded illegally.
  • The black market trade may soon equal or even overtake legally-controlled operations.
  • Penalties for smugglers are lenient and do not successfully deter re-offenders.
  • Cruelty at slaughter is a huge concern ' “ some receive a blow to the head with a hammer or mallet, some are decapitated, whilst many are filled with air or water and hung from hooks before being skinned alive.
  • Indonesia and Malaysia are the main source of pythons for the skin trade.
  • Vietnam and the Lao People' s Democratic Republic have also become more prominent recently.
  • The EU has banned skins sourced from Malaysia.
  • Swiss Parliament voted to ban python skin imports from Indonesia in 2012 based on cruelty.
  • The European fashion industry accounts for 96% of the python skin market, the main importers being Italy, France and Spain.
  • Leading manufacturers and retailers of python skins are designer brands Hermes, Gucci and Prada.
  • Most python skins are initially exported to Singapore, and from there they are then re-exported ' “ this provides an avenue for illegally sourced skins to be easily mixed with legal skins.
 
A report entitled "The Trade in South-East Asian Python Skins" released in 2012 by the International Trade Centre raises concerns over many aspects of the snake skin trade, particularly the high levels of illegal trading as well as concerns over the welfare and conservation of the species involved.  Click here to read their full report which was backed by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  WARNING: REPORT CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGES.
 
If you would like to learn more, the grisly truth behind fashions reptile skin trade is available in this documentary ('The Medan Connection') and can be viewed here - WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC FOOTAGE.
 

Latest News: Exotic Skin Trade

 

govt bans import of exotic animal and reptile skins (Livemint.com)

5th January 2017 click here

crocodile skin industry gets boost with new croc travel pods (abc online)

4th October 2016 click here

exotic skins are not art, and why they should be taken off the global luxury list

17th June 2016 click here

peta reveals abuse at ostrich supplier for prada and hermes

26th February 2016 click here

northern territory crocodile farms continue to cash in on lucrative handbag trade (abc online)

10th August 2015 click here

hermes to probe, punish 'cruelty' to crocs used for handbags (the business times)

29th July 2015 click here

illegal python skins feed hunger for fashionable handbags and shoes

1st April 2014 click here
 

why are handbag manufacturers using stingray skin?

23rd March 2014 click here
 

The dark, cruel truth behind snake-skin accessories

4th March 2014 click here
 

DESIGNER LABELS BUY UP AUSSIE CROC FARMS

23rd April 2013 click here 
 

$91,500 FOR A T-SHIRT? A LOOK AT THE HERMES GARMENT THAT COSTS MORE THAN THREE CARS (WELL, IT IS MADE ENTIRELY OF CROCODILE SKIN)

26th March 2013 click here 
 

TOPSHOP AND PETA TEAM UP AGAINST EXOTIC ANIMAL SKIN TRADE

16th March 2013 click here 
 

SNAKE CHARMERS: GUCCI TALKS PYTHON AT SPECIES MEETING

13th March 2013 click here 
 

WHAT A DUMBO! THOUGHT BEYONCE'S ANACONDA TRAINERS WERE BAD? HUSBAND JAY-Z HAS SHOES MADE FROM ELEPHANT SKIN

1st March 2013 click here 
 

BEYONCE'S NEW ANIMAL-SKIN TRAINERS SLAMMED BY PETA

28th February 2013 click here 
 

SNAKE SKIN FASHION IN EUROPE PUTTING PYTHONS AT RISK

24th February 2013 click here 
 

SNAKESKIN FASHIONS THREATEN PYTHONS

28th November 2012 click here 
 

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