PETA is not happy about Offset’s lavish birthday gifts for Cardi B, which included three new crocodile Birkin bags.
“Instead of using his wealth and influence for good, Offset chose to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars into a gruesome, violent industry that electroshocks crocodiles, shoves metal rods into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, and mutilates them while they’re still alive,” PETA Vice President Lisa Lange wrote in a scathing statement.
Lange accused Offset and Cardi of being out of touch, adding, “PETA reminds everyone that people who still spend their money on a closet full of dead animals’ body parts either are clueless or simply don’t care about the extreme cruelty they’re perpetuating—it’s just not worth it.”
PETA says they learned of the heinous treatment of reptiles through research and an internal investigation sprawling across Asia, praising luxury brands like Chanel, Burberry, HUGO BOSS and Vivienne Westwood for correcting their practices.
Leave stolen skin, fur, wool, & hair out of your closet.
Skip leather, fur, cashmere, sheep & alpaca wool, & other animal-derived materials.
— PETA (@peta) October 12, 2023
Cardi’s birthday celebration continued last night with a dual party for Offset’s new album “Set It Off” where she fed the crowd burgers … which is another issue for the animal rights organization.
We reached out to Offset to see if he’ll be returning the gifts, but judging from Cardi’s loving reaction, we think they’re now a permanent fixture in their household.
— PETA (@peta) October 10, 2023
PETA has long been critical of the luxury fashion industry for its use of exotic animal skins. The organization argues that the production of these items is cruel and inhumane, and that there are many stylish and sustainable alternatives available.
In the case of crocodile Birkin bags, PETA says that the animals are often electrocuted or killed with hammers while they are still alive. Their skins are then removed and tanned, a process that can take several months.
PETA also points out that the production of these bags is often harmful to the environment. For example, the tanning process can produce toxic chemicals that pollute waterways.
What Can We Do?
If you are concerned about the welfare of animals and the environment, there are a few things you can do.
- Avoid buying products made from exotic animal skins. There are many stylish and sustainable alternatives available, such as vegan leather and faux fur.
- Support brands that are committed to ethical and sustainable practices. PETA has a list of approved brands on its website.
- Educate others about the cruelty behind the production of exotic animal skin products. Share PETA’s information with your friends and family.
By taking these steps, we can help to create a more compassionate world for all.