olsen backpack
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Fashion
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Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

It’s well-known that the Olsen twins are no friends to animals. They love to use fur and exotic skins in their designs, and have been the target of campaigns by PETA. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that they have, again, created a monstrosity of a backpack made of black patent leather from Nile crocodiles.

To add insult to injury (actual injury resulting in death for the crocodile), the backpack will retail for $55,000. Only twelve will be sold.

Part of the high cost comes from the Olsens teamimg up with British artist Damien Hirst to create the look of the bag. His work sells for millions. Oddly, the bag has prescription pills worked into the design, so it’s not only cruel, it’s also strange and arguably (at least to this former fashion industry girl) silly looking. Although one could say the pills make the bag “art”, we’d still just call it unnecessary cruelty.

olsen hirst backpack

In the only related good news, a portion of the proceeds from the ridiculously overpriced backpacks will go to UNICEF. However, how much is at the discretion of Hirst. So, one penny could be donated, or thousands. It’s impossible to know. But when you sell a bag for $55,000 a pop, it does make you look a little less greedy when you throw a few bucks to charity. If only they had been feeling charitable to the crocodiles.

Via The Daily Mail

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Lucy_P

    First, people who gun down deer for “fun” tried to justify their blood sport by giving the corpses to homeless shelters, and now this? No doubt, intelligent people will see right through this pathetic attempt to mask an inherently unethical practice (killing crocodiles for their skin) by making a token donation to charity.

  • Becca C.

    That’s disgusting.

  • Caroline Burton

    If eyes are the windows to the soul, I guess there really is nothing much going on behind that vacant gaze these two always display. I guess the Olsen twins will never visit New Zealand and I’ll never have the pleasure of throwing a bucket of cold water over them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.deneault.9 Sandra Deneault

    Definitely these two would need to gun down crocodiles to see what kind of torture
    they impose to these animals PLEASE BOYCOTT THESE HAND BAGS OF DEATH.

  • http://twitter.com/diamonds777 Angelica M

    WHY don’t they use the money to feed the homeless and starving people instead on killing a innocent animal in the most barbaric way just to make a buck… I just don’t understand humans at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.laird.5 Deborah Laird

    The Olsens have no sense of decency or humanity. :(