Faux Snakeskin Advantages
Snakeskin has always been a staple of the fashion industry. From bags to belts to boots, snakeskin has always been en vogue. But have you ever considered how snakeskin is manufactured? For instance, where does that trendy material for your new clutch or handbag come from? Would it shock you to know that a piece of your wardrobe was once a living creature, and that your clothes may be making more than a fashion statement, but that of animal cruelty?
As animal rights organizations like PETA will eagerly inform you, snakeskin is harvested in a gruesome way. Most snakeskin is produced from snakes caught in the wild by villagers in India. Although collection and trade of snakes is banned according to the 1972 Indian Wildlife Protection Act, the barbaric task of catching snakes still continues nevertheless. This involves the hunter hammering the captured snake to a tree and then making a long incision into the snake so that the skin can then be ripped off in one piece. Still nailed to the tree, the skinned snake is left to die, which can take up to three days.
Similarly, in Indonesia, stunned pythons are sometimes filled with water and choked with a rope to loosen their skin, which is then yanked off, leaving these brutalized creatures to suffer a slow and painful death. While many people disregard the welfare of scaly creatures like cobras and pythons, the truth is that no living creature should have to be subjected to such torturous practices as those implemented to produce snakeskin material.
Moreover, capturing snakes is a very dangerous practice for the farmers, who are paid very little for their efforts. Instead, they are likely to fall prey to disease resulting from an influx in rats. Indeed, when a dwindling snake population can no longer keep the rodent population in check, the reverberations of an unbalanced ecosystem are felt by humans as well.
In that vein, many assert that the cost of real snakeskin is too high in cruelty to be justifiable by fashion. This seems especially true given that a formidable alternative exists. Buying faux snakeskin is not only more cost-effective, but more humane as well. It’s important to feel comfortable with your wardrobe – and how can you knowing that another living creature once shared the skin that now adorns your wallet, your belt, your shoes? And it’s not just snakes like pythons and cobras that are in danger. Reptilian fabrics created from the skins of crocodiles, alligators, and even iguanas are all produced in a similarly barbaric ways. The more exotic the animal, the more sought after it is in the fashion industry, increasing the likelihood of species becoming endangered or even extinct.
Several clothing companies have addressed this concern, stocking their shelves with clothes and accessories made of mock animal fabrics. After all, there’s no reason for this bloodshed when viable alternative materials, like PVC, vinyl, faux snakeskin and faux ostrich or cow leather exist. Alternatives to using animal-made materials for clothing, shoes and accessories have become so chic there’s no reason to buy genuine animal fabrics any longer. What you wear makes more than a fashion statement. It also says a lot about your priorities and world view. So take a stand against animal brutality and wear cruelty-free clothing!