After I had written the previous blog, I went back to Gilt.com and took a closer look at the python clutches. I began to drool and decided to purchase one of the clutches. At the point of decision, I asked one of my most talented graphic designer friend from A Daily Doodle to help me with deciding between pink and blue.
Then he proceeded to inform me that he had seen a video about how the snakes used for fashion are killed in the most cruel manner, wherein they are skinned alive and tossed aside to die a long and gruesome death.
I conducted further research to find that this is in fact true. With larger snakes, the poor reptiles are nailed against a tree alive, blown up like a balloon with a air tube forced down their throats and tanned (skinned) and tossed aside to die where they could be alive for up to 2 days!!! IT’S HORRIBLE!!! ABSOLUTELY CRUEL!!!
After reading this one might think there is no further debate over whether to buy the clutch or not. However, I will admit I am still drooling over the beauty of the skin, and find myself still thinking that since the snake has already been dead for quite sometime, perhaps it would be ok for me to purchase one. After all, it’s just me, one little person living in salt lake city, utah.
However, demand drives supply. According to an article written in 2007 in the Wall Street Journal regarding anaconda skin imports, “8,900 skins and products were imported to the U.S., up from 5,200 in 2000, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” Which means with the recent python craze, the numbers must have gone up.
But could there possibly be a prettier clutch in the world?!
I am completely torn between the burning lust in my loins for a fabulous clutch and my conscience. Does one refuse to shop at Wal-Mart because they are tearing down local economy, providing terrible work environments for their employees and driving children to sweatshops in South East Asia?
I own a vintage python purse that my mother picked up at a vintage shop in Japan, and a vintage fur coat that an ex boyfriend had given to me. Vintage I think is ok because it’s recycling, and not demanding newer animals to be slaughtered. So perhaps vintage is the way to go, or will merely the act of carrying the item around and looking good encourage others to go out and drive greater demand for newer skins?
In my opinion, anything that drives excessive demand for animal slaughter is evil. This is not only with the fashion industry, but with the meat industry as well. The fight against animal cruelty begins with each person making a decision about living a kinder, more peaceful lifestyle with the planet. I know I sound like a hippie but it is absolutely important!!