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Fab Flash: PETA Condemns Python Skin Use

Snakeskin has been very in-demand for Fall — designers like Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, Prada, Fendi, YSL, and Roberto Cavalli have all made use of it on their bags and shoes.

Yesterday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, condemned the practice, saying, "A python has a hose shoved down its throat, is blown up with water then skinned alive. Then it's tossed onto a pile and is left, sometimes for days, before it dies. The trade is pushing many species towards extinction and the endangered species of tomorrow can be seen in the luxury shops of today." Gnarly.

Designers claim to use skins from "farmed" pythons, but experts say there is a thriving illegal trade, endangering the python population in Southeast Asia.

What do you think: should designers continue to use python?


BeautyEditor BeautyEditor 9 years
not a fan of anything snake...
jtaime_xoxo jtaime_xoxo 10 years
I won't lie, that purse is gorgeous but I wouldn't buy it, just because it's made out of real snake skin. That's just disgusting. Animals shouldn't have to suffer for fashion. Not to mention these snakes won't be around for forever. I'm sorry but people are fucked up. They just don't care as long as they make a profit. But don't get me wrong, I will always love fashion and Roberto Cavalli. FAUX! Look it up!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Kiki - thank you! I couldn't be sure if it was Kylie. I love her but she's does need to relax the botox. And lose the freakin bag! I'm not a snake fan by any means, but no creature should die like that. Or be skinned and worn.
thedingo thedingo 10 years
I'm kind of on the fence. I love animals and am against testing on animals and cruelty in the name of fashion, but I HATE PETA.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 10 years
why is cruelty used for fashion?
ceceluvfash1on ceceluvfash1on 10 years
I'm definitely against wearing any type of animal skin,though I love synthenetic prints!But you def. have to be wary when PETA says something they themselves are hypocrites.Even if the animals are farmed I still do not agree with it and never will.I can't believe the ignorant comments on here about snakes being useless,look at it this way snakes eat mice and small "pests" if snakes didn't exist we'd have a serious problem with areas being overun with rodents, and that would in turn effect the rest of the enviroment.yes thay are ugly but they are important!
poom poom 10 years
um, asia84, i do care about animals as well as fashion; it's far from a contradiction, i just read labels before i buy something. it's kind of a challenge actually. have you heard of stella mccartney, by the way? and no, i don't want snakes in my house, but i don't like cruelty either; again, not a contradiction. furthermore, anna wintour's advice cannot be compared to fact.
Asia84 Asia84 10 years
Look, I eat chickens, nobody protests in front of Foster Farms plant (maybe they do, I wouldn't know . . .). I eat all kinds of meat. So to me, it would be hypocritical to say something about this. As long as they (the python) are not endangered, then I have no concerned with it. Most skins come from regualated farms anyways. Any to the ladies who are disgusted??? PUUUUULEASE! You gonna tell me if you seen a snake right now in you house that you wouldn't attempt to have it removed from this world ( to put it nicely). and if you're one of those "heal the world" type of girls, then I doubt that you really care about fashion. . . it's a contradiction of what you are saying. Fashion is subjective, and vain. You can't decide to be something just because Anna Wintour says so.
poom poom 10 years
in response to #45, most tanneries in the u.s. itself use toxic substances to finish authentic leather as well. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the incidence of leukemia among residents in an area surrounding one tannery in Kentucky was five times the national average. Arsenic, a common tannery chemical, has long been associated with lung cancer in workers who are exposed to it on a regular basis. Several studies have established links between sinus and lung cancers and the chromium used in tanning. Studies of leather-tannery workers in Sweden and Italy found cancer risks “between 20% and 50% above [those] expected.” (PETA)
misformargaret misformargaret 10 years
Pythons are not poisonous, in reponse to one of the earlier comments. Also, it is profoundly ignorant to say that they could be wiped out without any harm to the rest of the world. Just because you think they are "gross" doesn't mean they deserve to die -- would you shoot an ugly person on the street?
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 10 years
On a completely unrelated note, Kylie, i love you... but for the love of God lay off the surgery!!!!!
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 10 years
That's a terrible way for any creature to have to die. On the other hand, when I was doing my fashion course I went to the Prato region of Italy where there are lots of fabric manufacturers and I spoke with one pvc/synthetic fur manufacturer who had the most amazingly realistic fake leathers, snakeskins and furs. He was telling me that, unlike all the woven fabric factories in the area, all of his production was done in China. When I asked why he explained, in a terribly off-hand and callous way, that it was because the production produces such poisonous and toxic waste that many of the workers and people living near the factories die of lung disease and various cancers and that, basically, the Italian government won't let him kill Italian workers but the Chinese government have no problem with it. If there was a People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans I'm sure they'd have a thing or two to say about that, and it made me think twice about going synthetic, I can tell you!
Soniye Soniye 10 years
The sad comments about how "useless" a snake is shows how ignorant people can actually be. I am disappointed that Fabsugar would entertain these comments. "Farming" does nothing to preserve a species. It brings product to the marketplace. Most disappointing.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
Wow, is that really how they do it? I'm not even really into the snakeskin look, but if it's true then I'm waaay put off. I am kind of skeptical though, it is PETA after all. . . .
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
disgusting. buy fake. there's NO reason to kill animals for "fashion."
bbkf bbkf 10 years
I guess I just don't see the reason to use python as opposed to 'pleather' or even embossed bovine leather...I'm not against using animal hides in clothing, but it just seems silly to use the skin of such a relatively small and expensive animal when you can get the same look by using other materials. At least cows are farmed and used for other purposes.
looseseal looseseal 10 years
I don't hate Peta or anything like that, but I do feel like they destroy their own credibility sometimes, giving off an overly shrill image, and it doesn't help their cause. Which is too bad, because animal rights is a worthy cause. I like pretty much all animals, including non-cuddly ones like snakes and other reptiles. For some reason, snake skins (and crocodile skins... anything made of skins with scales) creep me out more than any other kind of animal skin. Which is the reason I don't buy those products. However, I do like leather. The smell, the softness and toughness. At least the reason cows are killed is not just for the leather, though. Leather feels more like not being wasteful and using every part of the cow. It wouldn't sit well with me to buy the kind of animal skin where the critter is mainly killed for the skin. Especially if it's an endangered species.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
I'm terrified of snakes but its just ridiculous that a life should be taken for vanity sake. Just because they're dangerous does not mean they deserve to die!
girliceclimber girliceclimber 10 years
BTW, I'm NOT for animal cruelty & don't like snakeskin things in general... BUT I'm skeptical of this PETA report because they tend to find the most extreme, terrible cases and write inflammatory reports. I mean, if you found out all the dirty secrets about how they killed X for Y purpose you'd probably get sick and wouldn't want to leave your house! And I doubt any animal could surivive days after it was skinned... the shock from skinning alive would kill the animal outright, not to mention that it takes way less time than that to bleed to death (sorry if this is graphic).
loveforstacy loveforstacy 10 years
UGH. Horrific animal cruelty. And I also dont understand those people who say they dont care about snakes. Like Reese said, cruelty is cruelty. If you actually think about it, it sounds really raw exposed snake muscle. YUCK. Wow. What a sad realization. I never knew that's what was done to python in order to get python skin.
poom poom 10 years
what's with all the PETA hating? they are just speaking up for those who can't speak for themselves! snakes might not be cuddly, but they can still feel pain. i agree with #29, there are excellent synthetics out there if you like the look.
Un-Jour-ici Un-Jour-ici 10 years
I absolutely LOATHE snakes. You could kill every single one for all i care.
meijan415 meijan415 10 years
i had no idea this is done for the sake of fashion! count me out - no snakeskins for me...ever! thank you for continuing to provide such helpful information!
AshleyDaigh AshleyDaigh 10 years
Allytta You don't like cows,pigs or rabbits and you think they would be extinct without human interaction??? LOL you should actually read up on those animals before making such ludicrous statements.
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