PETA infiltrated Hermés’ annual meeting in Paris on Tuesday to protest against the French house’s use, and sale of, exotic skins. PETA inventively purchased Hermés stock last July, and therefore had the right to sit in the house’s meeting and push for change within the company.
The move to buy stock followed shortly after PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released gruesome details of an investigation into farms in the US and Zimbabwe that were cutting crocodiles and alligators open while still alive, in order to harvest their highly valuable skins. Those skins, it said, were destined for Hermès — an allegation which the French house never denied.
It appears the animal rights organization – whose motto reads, in part, “animals are not ours to wear,” chose to enter this week’s annual meeting following another disturbing exposé of the ostrich-slaughter industry, with which Hermés is again involved.
“Behind every ostrich, crocodile, or alligator-skin Birkin bag is a short, miserable life of deprivation capped off by a violent death,” a PETA representative told Hermés chief executive Axel Dumas at the meeting. “Knowing of the suffering that animals endure for these bags, when will Hermès stop using exotic animal skins?”
Dumas reportedly replied,
“You have a number of concerns regarding the treatment of animals. We respect them, but we don’t necessarily share your position regarding farming. Farming conditions strictly comply with international regulations because we want to apply the best practices in this field, and I think that Hermès has always been at the forefront of wanting to pay attention to ethics and the treatment of animals.”
Watch PETA’s gory campaign against exotic skins, below.
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- Source: i-D