Target: Christy Redd, owner of American Tanning and Leather
Goal: Close America’s largest alligator skin tannery, which treats and kills alligators inhumanely
Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia you will find America’s largest alligator leather tannery in the town of Griffin. American Tanning and Leather has been thriving in the wake of society’s turn against fur. The company refuses to release its revenue streams to the public, but you can find their products in Prada, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton, priced as high as $50,000. No animal should be made to suffer or lose its life to human vanity. It took decades of work to make fur taboo and the same must be done for alligator skins.
The average bag requires the skins of roughly three alligators. In a year, American Tanning and Leather will utilize the skins of 25,000 alligators. What this means is that each year 25,000 alligators are locked in crowded cages covered in their own feces and urine, then they may be killed by being bludgeoned in the head or they could be simply skinned alive, which can last more than 45 minutes.
The great grandfather of Christy Redd, the owner of American Tanning and Leather, started selling fur in 1923, and Redd’s grandfather continued the business until fur no longer became profitable. Her father then purchased 12,000 alligator skins immediately after they became legal to trade in 1978. With the surge in demand for designer bags, which has tripled in the last 20 years to become a $300 billion industry, the company has doubled its output since 2006.
American Tanning and Leather isn’t the only company thriving. The demand is so great that companies had to start buying directly from alligator hunters in Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of alligators are hunted each year to ultimately end up as bags for the wealthy.
There simply isn’t a need for this in society and no living thing should be killed unless there is an absolute need to do so. Human vanity should not result in hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.
Please sign the petition below and demand that American Tanning and Leather put an end to its torture. We did it with fur and we can do it again.
Dear Christy Redd,
As the owner of American Tanning and Leather you operate the country’s largest alligator leather tannery in the country, killing an average of 25,000 alligators each year. These animals are kept in cages for the remainder of their lives and then either bludgeoned in the head or skinned alive so someone can have a handbag. That doesn’t seem like much of a fair trade.
There simply isn’t a need for this in society anymore. Just because there is demand doesn’t mean it should be capitalized on. The lives of these animals are worth more than some designer goods. Please stop this cruel and unnecessary torture now.
[Your Name Here]
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