In a huge conservation win, acting on the demands of animal right activists, India has banned the import of skin of reptiles like crocodiles and alligators. The government has also banned the import of fox fur. The skins and fur are in huge demand in the fashion industry to create bags and other accessories. Thankfully for the animals, India is now keen to keep them away and safe from the glamour of fashion.

WWF Germany ad against use of crocodile skin bags. Courtesy adveeve

WWF Germany ad against use of crocodile skin bags. Courtesy adveeve

A notification to this effect was issued by the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) on January 3 amending the trade policy of India, prohibiting the import of reptiles skins and the furs of chinchilla, foxes and minks.

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“We commend the DGFT and Environment Ministry for its firm commitment in abolishing the import of exotic skins, exotic fur, skin. Leather industry slaughters, bludgeons and skins millions of animals every year in the name of frivolous fashion,” said Gauri Maulelhi of Humane Society International (HSI) India’s government liaison.

The Gory Truth Behind The Bag

Not many people realise that behind their highly fashionable bags and accessories from famous brands like Louise Vuitton, is a grim industry that skins animals alive to get the leather needed to create the products.

In December 2016 PETA US released a video that exposes the crocodile farms of Vietnam. You can watch the video here to see for yourself the barbaric act.

(Graphic Images of Animal Cruelty. Viewer discretion is adviced)

Partly due to the consistent work of organisations like PETA, and partly due to the involvement of animal welfare leaders like Maneka Gandhi, India now has a stronger policy against exotic skin import.

You can help at your end too by deciding not to buy any fashion products that have been created by slaughtering animals.

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About Atula Gupta

Atula Gupta is the Founder and Editor of indiasendangered.com. Her work has appeared in a number of international websites, dailies and magazines including The Wire, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, Down to Earth and Heritage India on issues related to environment and its conservation. She is also the author of Environment Science Essentials, a set of books for school children. She hopes this website provides a platform for people to be aware about species in the verge of extinction and heighten their conservation efforts.

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