Birkin asks Her­mes to take her name off hand­bag af­ter PETA ex­pose

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PARIS (AP) - Bri­tish singer Jane Birkin has asked Her­mes to take her name off the crocodile-skin ver­sions of the iconic Birkin hand­bag, af­ter be­ing con­tacted by an­i­mal rights group PETA over “cruel” slaugh­ter­ing prac­tices. A PETA video from June shows sev­eral rep­tiles at a Texas farm that sup­plies crocodile skins to Her­mes left twitch­ing in a bloody ice con­tainer to die af­ter be­ing shot with a cap­tive bolt gun and cut with a knife. Birkin said in a state­ment ob­tained Wed­nes­day that she was “alerted to the cruel prac­tices ... to make Her­mes hand­bags car­ry­ing my name” and has “asked Her­mes to de-bap­tize the Birkin Croco un­til bet­ter prac­tices in line with in­ter­na­tional norms can be put in place.” The Birkin bag was cre­ated in 1984 by Her­mes in hon­our of the famed singer and ex-girl­friend of Serge Gains­bourg, and is, still to­day, one of the world's most ex­clu­sive lux­ury items. The bag is beloved by stars such as Vic­to­ria Beck­ham and comes in calf, ostrich, lizard as well as crocodile. It can cost be­tween $10,000 and over $100,000, with wait­ing lists to buy it fa­mously stretch­ing into the years. No pub­licly listed phone num­ber for Lone Star Al­li­ga­tor Farms in Win­nie, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilo­me­tres) east of Hous­ton, could im­me­di­ately be lo­cated Wed­nes­day. Con­tacted by The As­so­ci­ated Press, Her­mes said it “re­spects and shares (Birkin's) emo­tions” and was “shocked by the im­ages re­cently broad­cast.” An in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it says, is un­der­way.

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