Some Vietnamese farmers inflate the bodies of crocodiles and snakes before skinning them alive and selling their leather across the globe, according to an investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

HANOI (dpa): Some Vietnamese farmers inflate the bodies of crocodiles and snakes before skinning them alive and selling their leather across the globe, according to an investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).”PETA has found that a snake farm in Vietnam that supplies snakeskin for use in the global leather industry subjects snakes to horrific cruelty,” said Nirali Shah, a spokesperson for PETA.
This mistreatment includes “sealing off their mouths and anuses with rubber bands and then inflating them with an air compressor, causing extreme pain throughout their body, crushing their heart, and causing severe stress to the circulatory and nervous systems, Shah wrote to dpa.
One video released by PETA shows a worker standing on the inflated body of a python. In another shot, one of the animals tails was still moving. The snakes are kept in small cages and provided no veterinary care, and staff do not check the reptiles vital signs before skinning and disembowelling them.
A single farm can reportedly kill up to 2,000 pythons a year, with the skins made into leather products, such as bags or purses, that are sold across the world.
According to a 2016 report by the International Trade Centre, there were 486 python farms registered in Vietnam. The same publication suggested that inflating snakes is a common practice in Vietnam.
Another video clip from PETA published on Tuesday shows a farmer trying to stun crocodiles using an electric battery, before stabbing the creatures through the head. He then inflates the reptiles to make skinning them easier. Some are still moving even as the skinning takes place.
The South-East Asian nation has come under fire for its treatment of both snakes and crocodiles in recent years.
In 2016, PETA accused luxury good maker Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, commonly known as LVMH, of sourcing leather from Vietnamese crocodile farmers known for mistreating the reptiles.
LMVH later said its Louis Vuitton brand had ceased all trading with Vietnamese farms criticized by the animal rights group.
In 2014, Animals Asia targeted Snake Village outside Hanoi, where thrill-seeking tourists drink snake blood and eat the animals still-beating hearts, a practice the organization says threatens wild populations of endangered snake species. – dpa