The heartbreaking video shot by PETA is part of an undercover investigation into the inhumane treatment of crocodiles
A new gut-wrenching video shot at a crocodile farm in Vietnam by PETA has exposed the horrific treatment of the reptiles and brutal slaughters that will make your skin crawl. Top brands including Louis Vuitton source crocodile skin from these farms to make wallets, belts, bags and more, an undercover investigation by PETA reveals.
The shocking video just goes to show how multinational companies and luxury brands have no moral compass whatsoever when it comes to making money. The sting operation revealed over 10,000 crocodiles were captured from the wild and kept in extremely tiny barren concrete enclosures until they are skinned alive. These ‘skin farms’ provide little to no space for crocodiles and are put in close to uninhabitable conditions until they are ready for slaughter.
The whole purpose of the skin farms is to provide skin for the leather industry that includes top brands like Louis Vuitton. It’s time to make a stand against such brutality. Crocodiles are being snatched away from their natural habitat, kept in inhumane conditions and brutally killed so humans can flaunt their luxurious lifestyle.
In the graphic footage, workers in the farm can be seen electrocuting crocodiles in the wild to render them helpless while they capture them. They are then transported to the farms that have very little water and are nothing but concrete enclosures. The spaces afforded to crocodiles are so small that they are forced to climb over other crocodiles to even move. Crocodiles are kept in these enclosures for close to 15 months until they are slaughtered.
On the day of slaughter, the animals are put on tables with their mouths tied shut with one person holding the crocodile's tail as another worker slits the neck of the animal. As if that wasn’t enough, the worker then rams an iron rod deep inside the wound along the spine as the crocodile writhes in pain. The worker not only rams the rod in but also moves it around to ensure maximum damage. They are then flipped over and let to bleed out. The skinning process starts immediately and crocodiles can be seen writhing in pain throughout.
A reptile expert who saw the PETA footage commented, “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane. There is no probability that these animals ‘died instantly.'”
Workers in the undercover PETA footage admit as much saying the animals are skinned alive. While it takes over an hour for the crocodiles to die after their necks are cut open, the skinning process takes 20-25 minutes which means the animals are skinned while bleeding to death. The inhumane treatment of the animals is plain shocking and will make anyone realize it’s time to say no to leather. The brutality stops only when the money dries up.
The footage was recorded in a Vietnam farm but PETA confirmed that there are similar farms all around the world including in the US and Africa. Farm owners revealed that the crocodile skin is supplied to various luxury brands and is a prime supplier to Louis Vuitton and its parent company LVMH. The skin is then processed and made into watch bands, belts, shoes, bags, and wallets.
PETA has urged people to stop purchasing leather products and says it’s imperative that we all take a stand to boycott these luxury brands. The video released by PETA has since gone viral. You can sign a petition that urges LVMH to stop this inhumane slaughter.