Jane Birkin wants Hermes to remove name from handbag
Jane Birkin has asked that Hermes remove her name from their world famous Birkin bag after learning of the cruelty suffered by crocodiles and alligators at farms which supply the luxury fashion house with leather.
Fromer Hermes chariman Jean-Louis Dumas famously created the bag for Birkin in 1984 and it has since become the most sought after and expensive handbag in the world.
Animal rights group PETA recently exposed the horrific conditions endured by crocodiles and alligators on farms in Zimbawe and Texas which supply Hermes with skins.
On an undercover camera the animals are seen living in cramped, small concrete ponds before being killed by having metal rods shoved down their spinal columns.
Birkin has said: "Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name, I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag."
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