Reese Witherspoon’s $4000 Chloe Bag Is Illegal In California

Reese Witherspoon carries Chloe's $4000 python skin Paratay handbag

Please note the handbag Reese Witherspoon is carrying in the above Splash photo. The purse is a leather and python ‘Paratay’ bag by Chloe and retails in the neighborhood of $4000 (if you’re counting). PETA is predictably angry with Witherspoon and offers a characteristically gruesome/dubious explanation of how her fancy bag is made:

“Hoses are inserted into the mouths of large snakes and their bodies are pumped full of water to loosen their skin so that it will cut away more easily. The animals’ peeled, writhing bodies are then discarded, and it often takes days for the animals to die from the effects of shock and dehydration.”

It’s worth noting that PETA once deemed Reese the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.

Regardless of how the snakes are killed, the bag is actually kind of illegal in California, where Witherspoon resides. Under the California Penal Code Section 653o it is “unlawful to import python into California for commercial purposes” (including possession with intent to sell). Reese gets off, however, because it’s not illegal to buy it elsewhere and bring it in. Which is a pretty gaping loop hole.

Anyway, we were a bit surprised to learn of this law. What do you think?

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(via the Daily Mail)

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    • Niamh

      PETA is so full of shite. It’s actually unbelievable that they expect people to take them seriously.

      • Canaduck

        Really? Because it seems like most other animal rights organizations agree with them on the fact that python-skin bags are cruel, and that, in fact, the snakes are killed in the exact method described here. There are photos of the process all over the internet (and possibly videos, but I haven’t seen any.) PETA may be irritating as hell, but I’ve never known them to make anything up.

    • kinaz

      PETA may not fabricate things entirely, what they will do is take a tiny grain of truth or single situation and run with it to a misleading extent. If they find one farm/producer or even single person in an industry doing something that is inappropriate or cruel they will often attach that behavior to everyone in said industry. Or they will take one specific situation and insinuate that it is the norm. For instance they will show photos of cattle in feedlots that all look sick or unhealthy, because the photo is of a hospital pen where the sick/unhealthy animals have been separated out to be cared for until they are healthy again. Or they will seek out a single, disreputable producer of animals and spout off about how all farms are that way.
      Granted, some industries could still use some improvement in the way the animals are handled (mostly in fur trades as the handling of meat animals is very closely regulated) but PETA is a disgusting organization that thrives solely on shock value and the members need to get informed or sit down.

    • rita

      sexiest, not sexist.