Monday, December 9, 2013

Snake Skin products and the crulity of it

Well, I think anyone that knows me know that I share a special interest deep in my heart for reptiles, especially snakes! 

 Yiks! Why snakes??? 

Yeah..I really like snakes, but the thing that I don't get is why people buy snake skin products? 

I mean, yes I have INTEREST for them, I hope to get an up close view of them (especially king cobra's) but however to tear them apart just to get their skin, even that is wayyyy too much for me! That's cruelty!~

I have found this interesting/ shocking article on snakes, and sadly..this too is practiced in Malaysia. This article is taken off: (source) 

Credit goes to the writer! So here it is! Enjoy..or shocked by the read!


Snakes are remarkable animals, but they have an unearned negative reputation. Some people have even come to fear these stunning animals, but in reality, snakes have more reasons to fear us.

Every year, at least 440,000 pythons are slaughtered in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam—just to be made into shoes and handbags! The real number is probably way higher because this number doesn’t include the thousands of illegally traded pythons who are exported annually.

Most are torn from their own homes deep in the jungles of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Once they are captured, their heads are often forced down and cut off with a machete. Others have their heads nailed to a tree and their skins slowly peeled off. Because of their slow metabolisms, snakes remain conscious and are able to feel pain and fear even after they have their heads cut off.

If they aren’t beheaded or nailed to a tree, they are beaten to death. Their jaws are forced open so that a tube can be jammed down their throats, then their bodies are pumped full of water to make their skins easier to remove. Ropes are tied tightly around their necks to prevent any fluid from escaping their bodies.

It can take up to 10 minutes for snakes to die.

Their bodies are slit open from end to end to loosen their once strong and protective skin.

Once the skin is limp, it is ripped from the snakes’ bodies. The snakes’ skins are no longer their own and are now the prized possessions of their captors. The skins are shipped off to tanneries to be treated with chemicals and sold to the fashion industry.

Many snakes are still alive as they are tossed into a pile of other snakes and left to die slowly. They often suffer for several days before dying from dehydration.

Snakes are not the only animals who suffer for fashion. Millions of lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles are violently killed every year so that their skins can be torn from their bodies to make wallets, belts, boots, and handbags. Reptiles may be cold-blooded, but wearing their skins is cold-hearted.

So with that, please think twice before buying another snake skin product! 

"Change starts with anyone, why not begin with you?"

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