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Reptiles pay price of fashionable items

07-18-2010 15:40 BJT

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Every year millions of crocodiles, lizards, and snakes are slaughtered in Indonesia to fulfill the increasing demand of the fashion industry. Dian Estey looks behind the price tags at the cost to wildlife behind the fad.

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You can find almost any brands you can think of in Jakarta. And while more and more Indonesians are becoming brand savvy, what goes behind these line of branded products go unnoticed. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, recently released a video showing the killing of reptiles to make these high-end branded products.

Irma, Animal Rights Activist, said, “We are against the usage of animal parts for fashion because we are in the opinion that it is not something essential or important”

Despite the efforts from various organizations, the practice continues. Indonesia is one of the main suppliers of reptile skins for the international fashion world.

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