So Necessary: 55K Crocodile skin backpack from the Olsen Twins. Yes. »
This edition of So Necessary is brought to you by the Olsen twins. This backpack the two young women just unveiled is priced at $55,000 and made from the skin of Nile crocodiles. How rude indeed.
It may surprise you to hear that animals bred specifically to be skinned for accessories aren’t generally treated very humanely. Shocker, I know. But need a reminder? I have one for you (warning: this gets the coveted graphic as fuck rating):
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
For those not watching the movie—and I don’t blame you—it’s the usual stuff: torture, animals being skinned alive, blatant cruelty and inhumanity. But obvi this bag is totes worth it. And I didn’t even address the prescription meds decorating it. How completely out-of-the-box! No really, it’s truly, truly outrageous. Good job Olsens, I dub thee scumbags.
So Necessary: Crocodile purse, WITH FACE »
Reader Andi was kind enough to send in this picture she snapped at the Detroit airport:
Oh my god, the HORROR! It’s a crocodile purse with the CROCODILE’S HEAD STILL ATTACHED. This is too much. Are those the crocodile’s legs, too? Jesus Christmas. Let’s all have a collective shudder.
Andi says this is part of a display of products that aren’t allowed to be brought in from overseas. Thank god! Then again, maybe if this were sold here, it would force some crocodile purse-wearers to see the origin of their headless bags. Could dissuade some people, maybe? I don’t know, people still buy “lambskin” products. I’m like, it says “LAMB” in the title, as in “baby sheep,” that doesn’t turn you off? Crazies.
Ok, I have to go vom. Check you later. Oh! And feel free to send me ugly, expensive non-vegan fashion. Thanks Andi!
French luxury goods group Hermès has resorted to breeding its own crocodiles on farms in Australia to try to meet demand for its leather bags, its chief executive said on Monday.
"It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia," Patrick Thomas told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit in Paris.
Hermès already faces a major challenge producing 3,000 crocodile bags a year, Thomas said, adding: “The world is not full of crocodiles, except the stock exchange!”„
Hermès, so clever! Now they have their own death mill, just like fur- and leather-goods producers, so it’s easier for them to make their $48k (US) crocodile-skin handbags; apparently demand is way up!
I especially liked learning that despite keeping the crocodiles individually caged (to prevent them from ruining their skins by biting each other, you know, like normal crocodiles), still one-third of the animals die. These deaths are labeled “natural losses,” of course, though Vegansaurus is collectively very suspicious of what Hermès and its crocodile “farmers” consider to be “natural” in this environment.