by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes, Fashion, Lifestyle.
Photo: PETA

Laura Vandervoort, star of Smallville and V is the latest celeb to bare all for PETA‘s ads against the use of animal skins and furs in fashion.

According to PETA, the actress unveiled her “Whose Skin Are You In?” ad at Toronto Fashion Week. Vandervoort, whose body was painted to look like reptile skin in the photo, said, “Three or four alligators have to die for one purse…They nail the snake’s head to a tree while it is still alive and peel its skin off. Because they are cold-blooded creatures, they take that much longer to die, so they suffer that much longer.”

Maybe her role as a reptile on V has inspired her to speak up for her reptilian friends. Vandervoort also said, “[Y]ou wouldn’t skin your dog to wear to an event, to go out on a date, just for a status symbol. So please, have some compassion for animals.”

Check out a video interview of Laura – and the full ad after the jump below.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Frank

    PETA — the organization that was caught euthanizing perfectly healthy dogs and cats in Virginia and North Carolina (after PROMISING to find them homes) and then dumping their bodies in a dumpster….hypocrites

    My wife and I adopted a dog who had either been hit by a car or shot at close range, unfortunately due to the extensive damage, required a leg to be amputated but he’s a great dog even with only three legs!! I’m glad a reputable group found and rescued him not PETA!!

    When will people wake up about this group.

  • herwin

    “Laura Vandervoort PETA” will show currently 9.240 Google results, the top results that i checked are postive and talk about the exotic skin issue.
    So no, Peta doesnt have to run shock campaigns to get the (wrong kind of)media attention, like their rexent Go Vegan campaign witha shark munching on a human leg.
    PETA, stick to the positive camapigns.

  • christinedeleon

    Ok so maybe PETA can be a little self-righteous in that arrogant ‘I don’t eat meat so I am so much superior and higher evolved than you’ way. But I do applaud their campaigns which draw attention to the cruelty of some fashion industry practices. Alligator leather hides for tacky shoes/bags/jackets/whatever on even tackier human beings is just plain wrong.

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  • Pey

    What is self-righteous and arrogant about not wanting innocent and helpless animals to be tortured and killed for their flesh? So you’re saying that expecting other animals to suffer and be killed just to satisfy your taste or whim ISN’T arrogant? You might want to rethink that.

  • rufus

    Time to buy those alligator boots and a new mink coat! This ones I wore last week were so 2012. Good thing I own an alligator farm and all those links in cages!