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Pharrell Williams Under Fire From PETA Over Crocodile Skin Handbag

Pharrell Williams is under fire from animal rights organization PETA after he unveiled a crocodile-skin Louis Vuitton handbag, priced at $1 million.

Pharrell, who is a creative director at the famous brand, has received a letter from the animal rights organization PETA’s Senior VP Lisa Lange.

“When you were made men’s creative director of Louis Vuitton, we hoped animals would get lucky and that you would choose vegan fabrics, which are the preference of today’s ethical and environmentally conscious consumers,” the letter obtained by Billboard and first reported by TMZ reads. “But we aren’t happy to note your newest design, the ‘Millionaire’ Speedy bag, which is crafted from crocodile skin, because when it comes to animals being used for fashion, it isn’t beautiful-it’s abuse.”

The letter further says, “A PETA Asia investigation found workers at LVMH’s suppliers cutting live crocodiles’ necks open and ramming metal rods down their spines while they were still conscious. Another investigation revealed that workers at facilities supplying LVMH struck pythons repeatedly on the head, suspending them in the air, inflating their bodies with water, and disemboweling them – even as they moved about.”

Lange has also asked Pharrell to visit a crocodile factory to witness the horror himself.

“You’d want to bring along nose plugs and high boots to wade through fetid, waste-filled water,” she said. “If we go to an indoor tank, also bring a flashlight, because you won’t see daylight. There are no blurred lines here. Killing wildlife for a bag isn’t cool-it’s cold. Are you up for this trip?”

(Photo courtesy of the artist)

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