British vocalist Jane Birkin has requested Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin variants of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over “Brutal” slaughtering practices.
Birkin said in a statement obtained Wednesday that she was “Alarmed to the cruel practices … to make Hermes handbags carrying my name” and has “Asked Hermes to de-baptize the Birkin Croco until better practices consistent with international standards could be placed in place.”
In their expose, in the Lone Star Alligator Farms, PETA reveals abattoir workers referring to dwell crocodiles and alligators as “Watch straps.”
No publicly listed phone number for Lone Star Alligator Farms in Winnie, Texas, about 50 miles east of Houston, could immediately be located Wednesday.
Steve Lightfoot, a spokesman for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, which regulates the commercial production and harvesting of alligators in Texas, said that Lone Star Alligator Farms has a current license and is operating lawfully.
Jane Birkin with a Hermes Birkin bag in 2013.Jun Sato/WireImage.
While the fashion power station acknowledges that the Texas farm supplies it with crocodile skins, Hermes says they are not used specifically for the Birkin bag.