Would a Birkin bag by any other name be quite as sweet? We may find out soon enough.
Jane Birkin, the British model and singer who inspired the famous Hermès bags, has asked the company to rename the carryalls after reading a piece from PETA on the cruel slaughtering practices of crocodile farms from Texas to Zimbabwe. The organization alleges that two or three crocodiles go into making a single croc Birkin bag.
In a statement released today Birkin said, “Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name. I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag”.
PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk released this statement in response to Birkin’s ask. “PETA, on behalf of all kind souls in the world, thanks Ms. Birkin for ending her association with Hermès, which makes grotesque handbags that were revealed in a PETA exposé to be constructed from the skins of factory-farmed and cruelly slaughtered crocodiles. We call on Hermès to stop plundering wildlife, factory-farming crocodiles and alligators and slaughtering them for their skins. Once, Birkin bags marked people as celebrities or at least members of the super-rich, but soon, no one will want to be caught dead carrying one, and animal advocates will then breathe a sigh of relief.”