The coveted Birkin bags, sold by high-end French retailer Hermes, cost more than most Americans make in annually.
“Having been alerted to the vicious practices suffered by crocodiles in their slaughter for the creation of Hermes bags carrying my name, I’ve requested Hermes Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international standards could be implemented for the creation of this bag,” Birkin told Agence France Presse.
According to Hermes, the Texas facility is not the source of crocodile skins for its Birkin bags.
“Birkin bags once marked people as celebs – or at least members of the super rich – but soon, no one will desire to be caught dead taking one,” PETA said in a statement.
“On behalf of all kind souls in the world, we thank Ms. Birkin for stopping her relationship with Hermes, and we call on Hermes to do the right thing and cease plundering wildlife, factory farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins.”
The Hermes bags are named after Birkin since the 1980s, following the actress struck up a friendship with Jean-Louis Dumas, the former, longtime head of the Hermes Group.
Lately, a Birkin bag sold for more than $220,000 in a Hong Kong auction.