PETA has applauded the actress' stance but HermÃ¨s has yet to comment. Perhaps the brand could use this as an opportunity to do a 180 and change their practices to be among the first ultra-luxe purveyors of cruelty-free handbags, which, we'd imagine, also make the perennially wait-listed item *slightly* more affordable. Wishful thinking?
"Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for
slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the
friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years...HermÃ¨s
respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images
recently broadcast. An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which
was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and
sanctioned...HermÃ¨s imposes on its partners the highest standards in the
ethical treatment of crocodiles. For more than 10 years, we have
organised monthly visits to our suppliers. We control their practices
and their conformity with slaughter standards established by veterinary
experts and by the Fish and Wildlife Service (a federal American
organisation for the protection of nature) and with the rules
established under the aegis of the UNO, by the Washington Convention of
1973 which defines the protection of endangered species."