Jane Birkin Asks Hermès to Remove Her Name From the Iconic Purse—Find Out Why!

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jane Birkin Asks Hermès to Remove Her Name From the Iconic Purse—Find Out Why!.

After seeing a video of the brand’s alleged crocodile skin supplier’s cruel animal treatment, actress–singer —who has lent her name to the coveted handbag for 31 years—is requesting that the luxury retailer remove her namesake from the bag. “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,” 68-year-old Birkin said.

And those Birkin waiting lists are about to get even longer — the bag’s eponymous muse, Jane Birkin, wants Hermès to stop manufacturing one purse with an egregious animal rights history. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—better known as PETA—released a video featuring the horrific slaughtering practices of the crocodile farms that allegedly supply the skins for the Birkin bag (note: the bag also comes in ostrich, lizard and calf leather versions as well) in June. In the now-viral clip, PETA highlights the unimaginable cruel process in which the crocodiles are killed, including hacking the animals to death. “Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.” “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. We control their practices and their conformity with slaughter standards established by veterinary experts and by the Fish and Wildlife (a federal American organization for the protection of nature) and with the rules established under the aegis of the U.N.O, by the Washington Convention of 1973 which defines the protection of endangered species.

This file photo taken on June 4, 2015 at the Tuileries gardens in Paris shows British actress and singer Jane Birkin. (Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT, Getty Images)

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