In this straightforward video, award-winning vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix takes on the exotic skin trade to expose the cruelty behind the grotesque purses, shoes and handbags so many innocent reptiles are killed for every year. This video is graphic. Watch with caution as he describes the systematic torture of snakes, lizards and alligators, often being bludgeoned to death or skinned alive and left to bleed in excruciating pain, all for the sake of unnecessary fashion. So please, as you’re doing holiday shopping for your loved ones this holiday season, keep these poor creatures in your hearts — buy quality faux skins.
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