Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Ban the cruel skinning of reptiles for fashion in the United States.
Reptiles are being skinned alive and used for high-end fashion materials by clothing makers. This practice must end; it is unethical and heinous. The process of skinning snakes is horrific. The snakes are often nailed to trees or wooden planks and flayed alive; it is believed that cutting the reptile open while it is still breathing creates a more supple end-product. The bodies are then tossed in the garbage but it can take hours for them to actually die. Alligators are skinned by either being shot in the head or having their heads beaten in with a large hammer and then the skin is chiselled off slowly and painfully. Lizards are decapitated and their skin is removed by hand while they are left to die of their own accord.
The only reptiles protected from these practices are endangered species and these laws are often not enforced. The Animal Welfare Act is supposed to protect animals from abuses, but this sadly does not appear to be the case. Only warm-blooded animals are protected; reptiles are cold-blooded and are not covered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or by the Animal Welfare Act. The government looks the other way while these innocent animals are tortured for vanity. Fashion and monetary gain are not reasons to punish helpless reptiles.
Sign the petition below to prevent the revolting practice of skinning of reptiles.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
The Animal Welfare Act is not doing a sufficient job at protecting reptiles from being used and abused, and we need additional measures to protect these animals. For example, it is imperative that the practice of skinning snakes and alligators alive in order to make clothing items be banned. There is no purpose to this cruelty other than vanity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is supposed to prevent the torture of animals, but is doing nothing to help cold-blooded animals. Just because an animal is cold-blooded does not mean it should not have the right to an abuse-free life.
Animals need to be left to live the life an animal is meant to live. Vanity is no reason to torture and kill an animal. I urge you to consider banning the practice of skinning animals for fashion. If we do not protect these animals the torture will continue. It is sickening to know that you and the USDA knowingly allow this to happen with no regard for the pain these reptiles face. Please take my words into account and consider banning this repulsive industry.
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