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Reese Witherspoon Bows to PETA Pressure, Gives Up Illegal-ish Python Bag

After PETA realized that Reese Witherspoon was toting around a $4,000 python handbag made by Chloe, the animal rights organization went into panic mode.

First PETA released a graphic public statement detailing the procedure by which a python becomes a purse: "Hoses are inserted into the mouths of large snakes—like pythons—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." Yuk, ick. Okay, I get it, no python ever, forever.

They drove the point home by personally sending Reese a copy of their video, Joaquin Pheonix Reveals Exotic Skins Horrors.

Python is illegal to sell in California, though Reese was fully within the law by buying it out of state and carrying it on LA streets. But still, the actress (named one of PETA's sexiest vegetarians in 2008) quickly relented and vowed to stop carrying the offensive handbag. PETA thanked her with some flowers—poor, suffering flowers ripped cruelly from their mother dirt.

Just kidding. PETA is insufferable, but they have a good point: slowly and painfully killing a living being for the sake of a pretty purse seems just not worth it. Wouldn't be a bad idea for Chloe to pull this bag from stores.

[via CelebDirtyLaundry]