Explosive new footage and images supplied to Kindness Project by Farm Transparency Project reveal the appalling conditions in which iconic Australian saltwater crocodiles are being forced to live, on farms owned by luxury French fashion house Hermès.
Australia accounts for 60% of the global trade of crocodile skins, two thirds of which comes from the Northern Territory, where this footage was captured. Despite having a natural lifespan of 70 years old, in the commercial industry crocodiles are brutally slaughtered at just 2-3 years old, with up to four crocodiles being required to make just one Hermès Birkin bag. These bags can sell for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars.
In other words – our native icons are being turned into handbags to cater for the richest 1% of the world.
With so many sustainable and animal friendly alternatives available, there is no need for fashion houses to harm animals in the production of their clothing and accessories. We are asking for an end to Hermès crocodile cruelty, demanding they #dropcroc from their collections, in favour of protecting precious wildlife from cruelty and suffering.