Target: Axel Dumas, CEO of Hermes
Goal: Stop the purchasing of alligator hide from business accused of animal cruelty.
An undercover investigation showed the use of brutal, inhumane, and unnecessary tactics for killing the alligators being farmed for their leather at Lone Star Alligator Farm in Texas. Investigators for PETA took footage of workers using box cutters to stab and twist into the spinal column of one year old alligators, placing some of them in ice bins to suffer while still alive. The alligators were labeled and named based on the size of skin they would offer, with the smaller ones being referred to as wristbands.
The standard way to kill alligators for hide is to knock them out with a livestock stun gun and then drain their blood by cutting major vessels and hanging them upside down. Last year the farm reported they killed and salted 15,000 alligators to make tens of thousands of watches and purses for Hermes, a fashion company.
After PETA gathered video showing the inhumane treatment of the alligators, they turned it over to the county sheriff. After extensive research about alligator cruelty laws and the video evidence, Lone Star was formally accused of animal cruelty. They were then found not guilty by a jury and the video has since been released online by PETA.
Due to these allegations and the video evidence gathered by PETA, Hermes should stop allowing Lone Star to supply them with their expensive alligator hides. By cutting Lone Star out as a provider of animal hides, Hermes will show they don’t support the inhumane treatment of the animals they use for their goods and force all suppliers to be more careful in ensuring the animals they farm don’t suffer needlessly. Sign this petition to demand that Hermes end any association with these animal abusers.
Dear Mr. Dumas,
PETA recorded video from within one of your company’s alligator hide suppliers showing the animals being brutally slaughtered and forced to suffer needlessly. The charges against Lone Star Alligator Farm have been dropped despite much work from PETA and Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, but you can still hold them accountable for their mistreatment of alligators.
As a company that uses alligator hides in so many expensive goods, ensuring that the animals giving their lives for these goods are treated properly should be a priority to you and your customers. Having the animals suffer at the hands of the people taking their hides should not be condoned and policies that allow the alligators to die in as little pain as possible should be enforced.
Remove Lone Star as one of your alligator suppliers and turn your company’s purchases to farms that make sure their animals are being slaughtered in as humane a way as possible. These animals are giving their lives to become your expensive goods and should be treated with respect.
[Your Name Here]
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