We slaughter animals–for food, for fashion. Below is a story running today in Indonesia. I had a chance to spend time inside an Indonesian reptile slaughterhouse, a major source for US and European skins. It wasn’t pretty. Some of the videos are on my site. One of the photos ran alongside my latest National Geographic story.
Most snake and lizard skin products you see in fashion are from animals caught in the wild. I don’t buy snake or lizard skin products anymore, although I used to. I do eat meat. And fish. Every year I say I’ll make time to hunt again. I commend PETA for raising the issue of standard of care of reptiles. It reminds me what I’m willing to stomach, what I’m not, and why…
From the Jakarta Post today:
Activists rally to campaign against exotic-skin trade
Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post 04/07/2010
A dozen of animal right activists staged Wednesday a rally on Jl. Sudirman, Central Jakarta, campaigning for an end to exotic animal skin trade for fashion products.
Spokeswoman for the Asia-Pacific’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Ashley Fruno said the rally was held to follow up the organization’s investigation, which found that (more…)