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.

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