Reese Witherspoon ditches $4,000 python skin handbag after schooling from PETA
She has been heavily criticised by animal rights groups after being spotted with a $4,000 python skin bag but A-list star Reese Witherspoon has seen the error of her ways after watching a documentary about the how the reptiles are treated.
PETA sent the Oscar-winning actress the film, which was hosted by her Walk The Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix, after hearing she had been pottering around town with the exclusive Chloe Paraty python and leather bag.
The shocked 35-year-old could not believe how cruel the process was, which sees the animals nailed to a tree and skinned alive.
A spokeswoman for the charity said: After hearing about it, PETA immediately rushed its video exposé of the exotic-skins industry to Reese.
´Hosted by her Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix, the video describes how snakes and other reptiles are often skinned alive and how they suffer slow, painful deaths for the sake of fashion.
´Thankfully, Reese has just informed PETA that she will no longer carry the bag.´
And it seems there are no hard feelings between the group and the Legally Blonde star, who they had previously named the world´s sexiest vegetarian.
PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange added: ´We´ve long known Reese to be a kind person, so we´re pleased—and not surprised—that she is hanging up her python bag for good.
´We hope Reese´s honest mistake will serve as a reminder for all of us to be extra-certain that what we´re buying is mock crock or fake snake.´
Exactly how the star got the item still remains a mystery, as she could not have purchased the item in California, where it has been illegal to sell the material there since 1970.
It seems likely she was given it as a gift without realising the materials used in the fashionable item.
Via The Daily Mail