PETA caused quite a stir at Hermès when it released a report exposing inhumane practices employed by two of the label's crocodile farms this week. The report motivated actress Jane Birkin to request that her name be removed from the bag Hermès named after her, but PETA isn't done just yet. The animal rights group has bought a single share into the company so that it can participate in its shareholder meetings, WWD reports.
"As a shareholder, PETA U.S. will work from inside to demand a permanent ban on accessories made from exotic animal skins, including crocodile skin bags and alligator skin watch bands," PETA’s U.K. director Mimi Bekhechi told WWD. PETA may have to wait until next year, though, as Hermès typically holds its company wide meetings in either May or June, according to WWD.
While Hermès has responded to the recent controversy by initiating an investigation into the farms and stating that they do not belong to the label, this was clearly not enough for PETA.