The Smallville and V star, Laura Vandervoort, has stripped down to be the latest popular person of PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) new anti-animal skin campaign.
The cruelty of the exotic-skins industry is still on the agenda so PETA launched a new program “Whose Skin Are You in? Leave Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe.”
The 27-year-old Laura Vandervoort resembled a reptile basking in the sun on a rock covered in merely body paint. The campaign is started to stop using reptile’s skin in the production of fashion accessories such as handbags and shoes.
The star of Maxim’s Hot 100 list, Laura Vandervoort, concerns over the terrible ways in which these animals are killed: “I want to make people aware that if you want a high end python bag or crocodile, ” said Vandervoort in an interview.
“Three or four alligators have to die for one purse. They nail the snake’s head to a tree while it is still alive and peel its skin off,” she added.
She continued: “Because they are cold-blooded creatures, they take that much longer to die, so they suffer that much longer. … You wouldn’t skin your dog to wear to an event, to go out on a date, just for a status symbol.”
“So, please, have some compassion for animals. I want to make people aware that if you want a high-end python bag or crocodile… Three or four alligators have to die for each purse. It’s just ridiculous.”
“A lot of people think that reptiles don’t feel, but they do. I think everyone should keep in mind what it is they are buying and if it is really worth it to them,” she added.
PETA explained the way of getting reptiles skin. The animals, as a rule, are skinned being alive; thereby they are dying in a long and agonizing way caused by shock and dehydration.
With her new PETA campaign, Vandervoort hopes to convince shoppers refuse buying exotic-animal clothes, shoes, and accessories and to replace them with alternative materials.
Being one of the most required animals to be killed to get its skin lizards are in danger now. PETA also admitted that some famous brands have already agreed with “Whose skin are you in?” program and refused using reptiles skins in their production.
The list of brands includes Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Overstock and others. They signed a special pledge and promised they will never sell exotic skins.
PETA also provides a number of ways you can achieve glamour without compromising animals: “Fake snake, moc croc, and pleather are a few realistic and luxe-looking materials that can help you achieve a great look — without wearing someone else’s skin.”
“Popular retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Overstock.com, Cole Haan, and Nike have all signed PETA’s pledge never to sell exotic skins,” said the organization.
Vandervoort joins a long list of stars who have bared it all to help PETA’s animal protection efforts. Among the celebrities there are such a famous names as Alicia Silverstone, Eva Mendes, Taraji P. Henson, Olivia Munn, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Elisabetta Canalis.
Ms Vandervoort has two major projects in the coming months including the release of her film ‘This Means War,’ alongside Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy. She is currently filming ‘Ted,’ with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
It’s not the first time when PETA used a woman to protect animal rights. Pamela Anderson, Brooke Hogan, Eva Mendes, and Charliz Theron have all modeled naked for PETA’s programs. The organization announces that it will do its best to protect animals. [PETA via Daily Mail (UK)]