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Top designer Victoria Beckham is ditching exotic animal skins from her designs following ‘years of appeals’ by vegan charity PETA.

According to PETA, its several exposés into the exotic-skins industry have revealed ‘alligators kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds before their necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they’re fully conscious’ among other serious animal abuses.

In a statement released by Victoria Beckham, the brand re-iterated its fur-free status, saying: “Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19. The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur-free.”

Animal suffering

“Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag, or pair of shoes is a violent death,” PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.”

The designer joins Vivienne Westwood, Diane von Furstenberg, and Chanel, in banning exotic skins from all designs.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.