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Is this the true cost of the celebrities' must Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailOn the arms of celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Tamara Ecclestone, the Hermes Birkin bag is the ultimate style accessory.
Victoria Beckham boasts a 100 strong collection in different fabrics.The ones made from crocodile retail for up to or more. At a recent auction, a bag from last year sold for a record Never have these items been in higher demand.But tonight US animal rights activists claimed the thousands of alligators and crocodiles bred to provide the French firm's skins for the bags are subjected at times to dreadful mistreatment before seemingly being slaughtered inhumanely.Undercover filming by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) appears to show a world away from the glamour and luxury of A lister fashion.The reptiles are seen in cramped concrete pits in some cases surrounded by faeces in brown water in footage filmed at alligator and crocodile farms in Texas and Zimbabwe.in one scene, allegedly filmed in Texas, workers stab louis vuitton bags 70 off knives into the louis vuitton authentication card backs of seemingly still conscious animals because bolt guns, which are usually used to stun them, cannot be found.(Image: PETA 2014)The reptiles are seen being thrown into a blood filled ice tank, their bodies moving for minutes afterwards, suggesting they may be still alive and suffering.To make a single Hermes Birkin or its other design of bag, the Kelly, it takes skin from the bellies of three crocodiles. Peta director Mimi Bekhechi claims: "People pay thousands of pounds for such accessories, louis vuitton bags made out of but the reptiles on these cruel and disgusting factory farms are paying the real price."Peta's expose of Hermes' suppliers in louis vuitton alma key the US and Africa reveals that every Hermes watchband or Birkin bag means a living, feeling being experienced a miserable life."A Peta investigator spent a month working undercover at the Lone Star Alligator Farms in Winnie, Texas, between October and November last year.In Zimbabwe, two undercover Peta investigators were able to get a tour of Padenga, one of the largest suppliers of crocodiles and alligators for skin.Both farms supply tanneries used by Hermes to provide skins for their bags, as well as watch straps, purses, belts and shoes.On the rack: Dead crocodiles ready to be made into bags"We do 42,000 skins a year," Padenga's director of operations Charles Boddy can be heard saying to the undercover investigator in the film. "So we're the biggest Nile [crocodile] producers in the world. We supply a company in France called Hermes, we have a single supply arrangement where they purchase every single skin of ours."Speaking about how these bags sell for he adds: "They're hugely expensive bags."Which is why only the rich can afford them. Last year, Kim Kardashian posted a photograph on Instagram of a Hermes bag she had received as a birthday present and that had been painted on by her young daughter North.Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of F1 boss Bernie, revealed her wardrobe was filled with Hermes handbags.There is no suggestion that any celebrity fans have seen the video or have any idea what PETA investigators have seen in the farms.The bags are known for their huge wait lists in stores.
This creates a buzz around them that led to PadengaHoldings which runs the Zimbabwe farms in the film and owns a 50% stake in the Texan farm also filmed making profit last year, an increase of 60% on its previous year.But Peta alleges this profit is being made on the back of animals' suffering, and one of its investigators said: "Whenever animals are used for profit, corners are cut.".
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