PETA slams Reese Witherspoon for animal cruelty

Not everyone thinks America’s Sweetheart is so sweet these days. Animal-rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has expressed outrage after Reese Witherspoon was photographed in Venice, California sporting a designer handbag made of python skin─which happens to be illegal to buy or sell in The Golden State. They issued a statement which read, “No matter how much Reese paid for that bag, the animals paid a much higher price,” and described the process involved in creating snakeskin purses: “Every year, millions of snakes are impaled on hooks or nailed to trees by their heads and skinned alive. Hoses are inserted into the mouths of large snakes—like pythons—and their bodies are pumped full of water to loosen their skin so that it will cut away more easily. The animals’ peeled, writhing bodies are then discarded, and it often takes days for the animals to die from the effects of shock and dehydration. We can’t imagine that she’d [Witherspoon] wish to contribute to this hidden suffering, especially for something as frivolous as a fashion accessory that can be replicated with no bloodshed.” Ironically, Witherspoon was named one of PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities in 2006. The animal-rights group plans on sending the celebrated actress a video, narrated by Witherspoon’s Walk The Line vegan co-star Joaquin Phoenix, detailing the horrors of the exotic-skin trade. ~S. Jackson

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  1. mitch • November 2, 2011 @ 9:38 AM

    I’m buying a steak for lunch.

  2. Gary • November 2, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

    I’m having mandarin yo .

  3. Linda • November 2, 2011 @ 12:41 PM

    I am having steak wearing my leather coat…seriously??

  4. Joshua • November 2, 2011 @ 1:00 PM

    Sick F**kers. I didn’t know they did that to pythons. I saw what they do to sharks for sharkfin soup…that made me cry inside. Im sick of humans…we suck.

  5. Reggie • November 2, 2011 @ 2:58 PM

    Doesn’t PETA have a porn site to maintain?

  6. Tyrone • November 2, 2011 @ 3:03 PM

    Its one thing to own a snake skin bag but attacking her it seems that’s what PETA does lately when they dont like something they see they attack the person. Like when Manu Ginobili swatted a bat at the AT&t Center PETA attacked him. He didnt kill it but they still attacked him..

  7. KevinFinnerty • November 2, 2011 @ 4:02 PM

    Skin Reesie poo alive and make a purse out of her! Humans are disgusting …

  8. Meow Meow • November 2, 2011 @ 8:17 PM

    I’m confused… I heard that PETA stands for People Eating Tasty Animals… What’s the fuss??

  9. Andrea • November 2, 2011 @ 10:20 PM

    That’s disgusting. Animals always suffer when they die. In the slaughter house, they hang cows and pigs by their back legs, slit their stomachs and let them bleed to death. Humans are the cruelest creatures in the world and now there’s 7 billion of us. I just read about a dog who was at Guelph Veterinary College and they anesthetized her 40 to 50 times to show students how it’s done, then they were going to euthanize her, just so they can teach people how to be vets. Why are people who want to help animals being made to kill them? Can’t they wait until there’s a sick or old dog who needs to be euthanized instead of killing a healthy one for the heck of it?

  10. Meow Meow • November 3, 2011 @ 12:47 AM

    On a serious note… No, animal testing is not pleasant, but neither is seeing someone you know or love die because the drugs they needed weren’t available because they couldn’t test them on animals first… If I had to choose between having a monkey, dog or rat die in order to save a loved one, I’d have to choose sacrificing the animals to save human life. Not pleasant, but an unfortunate reality. Would you prefer testing on humans??? There is a big difference however between animal testing to save human lives and the torture of animals for accessories. So, yes, I agree, killing the snake for Reese’s purse isn’t pleasant, but the purse is ugly anyway, but that’s another crime.

  11. David • November 3, 2011 @ 10:16 AM

    Reese is probably one of those celebs who only gets angry when cute animals are harmed. But snakes, they’re icky so it’s okay. Who knows – maybe the purse was fake and they are getting bent out of shape for nothing. But I agree with others on here. Humans are downright sick. The sad part is, most of us a part of ‘the chain’ whether we like it or not. We just don’t think about it cause it’s not in our face.

  12. Truth • November 3, 2011 @ 11:20 AM

    @ Meow Meow, we could always do drug testing on prison inmates, for example those serving multiple life sentences. Not sure in your mind how one animal life is somehow less than one human life.

  13. amazed1 • November 3, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    HELLO she did not skin the animal herself to make the bag! what if it was a gift?

  14. Tracy • November 3, 2011 @ 3:15 PM

    how can you even tell if the purse is real or synthetic?
    PETA: People Eating Two-legged Animals! (if god didn’t want us to eat ppl, he wouldn’t have made us out of meat!)

  15. TheTruth • November 3, 2011 @ 4:07 PM

    @Truth probably because humans are at the top of the food chain, and as a society have already set rules in place that go all the way back to the ten commandments, “Thou shall not kill” was not intended for animals.

    P.S. NICE HANDLE …

  16. Tayderhead • November 3, 2011 @ 5:18 PM

    Those idiots make snakeskin articles whether Reese Witherspoon buys, recieves them for gifts or not.
    Think about how the Chinese skin dogs and cats alive and hang them on wires. It takes a dog 20mins to die after being skinned. Cats are thrown into pots of boiling water alive also. Recently, when there was a disease being transmitted by the chickens and other birds, they threw dozens of them together in bags and buried them alive in pits. Lobsters are thrown into pots of boiling water alive and they cry like babies until they die. And yes, shark fins are cut off the live sharks and they’re left unable to swim, suffering until they die in the water.
    I agree, you have to wonder if humans even have hearts at all when it comes to anything other than ourselves. Makes one ashamed to be part of our species.

  17. Red • November 3, 2011 @ 5:51 PM

    @Meow Meow, how does your comment on animal testing relate to the article?? Although I utterly hate animal testing, the article is talking about killing an animal for the sake of “fashion”. She could just as easily use a burlap sack to carry her stuff around.

  18. Truth • November 5, 2011 @ 12:29 PM

    @TheTruth, if you were dropped into the Atlantic Ocean or left in the wilds of Africa I would like to see how long you think you’re at the top of any food chain. I’m also quite certain that any moderately educated person or better would agree “Thou shalt not kill” applies to any life on the planet equally.

    PSS Nice handle, maybe you should consider changing it to ‘HopelesslyClueless’?

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