This is so scary.
"It doesn't look good."
[Image via WENN.]
Jane Birkin wants her name to stop being associated with the famous Hermes handbag.
The iconic actress and singer saw gruesome footage of a crocodile being killed for its skin on a Texas farm, prompting her to ask that the French brand look into its practices.
"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."
Hermes responded with this statement:
"Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast."
The company is also launching an investigation into the matter:
"An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags."
"Hermès imposes on its partners the highest standards in the ethical treatment of crocodiles. For more than 10 years, we have organized monthly visits to our suppliers. We control their practices and their conformity with slaughter standards established by veterinary experts and by the Fish and Wildlife (a federal American organization for the protection of nature) and with the rules established under the aegis of the U.N.O, by the Washington Convention of 1973 which defines the protection of endangered species."
The Birkin is probably the most famous and coveted bag in the world.
Prices for a crocodile skin purse can range up to astronomical amounts, like THIS ONE for $120,000.
So many celebrities have one that we've lost count.
[Image via AP Images.]
Every once in a while, momma nature puts on a gladiator match of epic proportions.
While we'd prefer it if animals were just best friends all the time, like so many sloths and kittens on the internet, life just isn't that sparkly.
So, even though we're not amped up about it, we kinda can't look away when we hear that a giant python fought a crocodile.
We're pretty sure there have been crappy movies made on that very subject.
Tiffany Corlis was just enjoying her breakfast near Mount Isa one sunday morning in North West Queensland, Australia when
There's a crocodile on the loose! And it's just chilling at the bottom of an escalator!
A new ad from National Geographic features a 3D crocodile at the bottom of an escalator that has been scaring the crap out of Brazilian commuters. The ad is for a show with Richard Rasmussen and reads:
Authorities in Australia are scrambling to find a 12-year-old boy who was carried off by a crocodile after an attack!
The boy and a 15-year-old friend were out around Mudginberri in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park.
On Sunday, the croc attacked five children swimming in a water hole, biting the
This is so amazing… it shows that a parent would truly do anything to keep their child safe!
In Zimbabwe, a villager fought off a crocodile with his bare hands to save his son from its powerful jaws.
It was Christmas Eve in the north-eastern district of Mutoko when Tafadzwa Kachere and his 11-year-old son, Tapiwa, were trying to cross a river.
While in the river, a croc attacked Tapiwa!
Poppa Tafadzwa immediately sprung into action, jumping on the back of
At least it wasn't a CROCODILE MAN!! REMEMBER???
Anyway, Emma Roberts decided to risk her beautiful, talented life by going on a swamp tour!
While there, she plucked a live gator right out of the water!!
JK! We're pretty sure a trained professional gave her a baby gator to hold onto.
She posted a pic (above) to her instagram and wrote: