Don’t buy that purse.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 12, 2011
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Let’s show some warm compassion for our cold-blooded sisters and brothers. They feel, too:

Actress Laura Vandervoort gets body-painted to look like a lizard for her sexy PETA ad. See behind-the-scenes footage from her photo shoot and find out why she encourages others to leave wildlife out of their wardrobes.
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Joaquin Phoenix narrates this undercover video footage showing the behind-the-scenes cruelty of the exotic-skins industry. Find out why Joaquin refuses to wear exotic skins in this shocking exposé.

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Edited by Hayden Fowler


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Don’t buy that purse.”

  1. Sara says:

    I am an ethical vegan who only cares about the treatment of animals and humans, and I HATE PETA. They need to go away.

  2. Sara says:

    Seriously…what good is this ad doing???

  3. Sara says:

    I respect their undercover work immensely…they need to stick to that only…

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Personally speaking, I hear you on the objectification, but 1) they do it to men and women both, and 2) all the "models" are of course doing it by choice, for free I assume. So not sure if it's unempowered. In any case it is cheap and all and we've blogged about that issue from a feminist perspective, just search "peta" on this site, those blogs will come up. PETA knows that they're "selling" animal rights/compassion, and I guess they've decided that Americans don't care about animal rights unless they make it sad, inspiring, sexy or fun—their usual tacts.

    I watched the video and it's the first I'd ever thought about/learned re how reptiles are killed. I mean, I knew they were killed of course for purses and such…but those severed heads…I then went on to watch (and blog and share) Joaquin's video, which goes into more depth. So, personally speaking, it worked…got me to learn and therefore care more—and share what I learned. ~ Waylon.