Reese Witherspoon has decided to dump her Python skin handbag, following a protest mail that came looking for her from PETA. Good sense dawned on the pretty actress after the animal rights organization shot off a letter condemning Witherspoon’s action of flaunting fashion that was born out of cruelty towards animals. We had told you yesterday that trouble dawned on Reese Witherspoon via a chic hand bag! Reese Witherspoon shocked animal activists alike, for carrying a $4,000 Chloe Party bag made of genuine python leather.
The sexy heartthrob and Oscar winning actress had been in the good books of many, until this unexpected dishonor. She was caught red handed touting a bag made of exotic skin around Los Angeles. Obviously, PETA was very much shaken due to this open violation by the celebrity. They shot off a strongly articulated open letter to Witherspoon, condemning the act.
It was seen as a shame for an actress of her stature favoring cruelty towards animals for fashion’s sake. As you would know, the sale of the exotic snake skin bags has been banned in California since 1970. It’s illegal to import the “dead body, or any part or product thereof” of pythons to sell or with the intent to sell within the state.
However, Witherspoon is not going to face any legal action for her feat as it’s perfectly legit to purchase a python-skin product across state lines before heading back to California.
A spokeswoman for PETA is not very much impressed with the cute actress’s arrogant attitude. But they hope that Witherspoon’s approach was an outcome due to unawareness rather than spite.
It is a known fact that every year, millions of snakes are impaled on hooks or nailed to trees by their heads and skinned alive.
Hoses are inserted into the mouths of large snakes, like pythons, and their bodies are pumped full of water to loosen their skin so that it will cut away more easily.
The animals’ peeled, writhing bodies are then discarded, and it often takes days for the animals to die from the effects of shock and dehydration, explains PETA.
The organization is also up against popular retailers such as Adidas, Nike, H&M, Cole Haan, and Victoria’s Secret for selling fashion accessories that are born out of cruelty towards animals.
PETA also sent Witherspoon an undercover video exposé of the exotic-skins industry, presented by her Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix.
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