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Reese Witherspoon in hot water over illegal purse

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PETA is P.O.'ed at America's Sweetheart

PETA is blasting Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon for the purchase of a $4,000 snakeskin purse.

Reese Witherspoon in trouble with PETA

There once was a time when Reese Witherspoon could do no wrong in the eyes of moviegoers and PETA. Well, those times are over — at least where PETA is concerned.

The still-newlywed actress was spotted clutching a $3,820 brown Chloe Paraty bag over the weekend. The price on that bag should be illegal — but it's the material that actually is illegal in California.

"No matter how much Reese paid for that bag, the animals paid a much higher price," a PETA rep said in a statement. "Every year, millions of snakes are impaled on hooks or nailed to trees by their heads and skinned alive."

Yikes.

What makes it worse for the animal rights organization? They named her one of their "sexiest vegetarians" in 2006 — a move they undoubtedly now regret.

"We can't imagine that she'd wish to contribute to this hidden suffering, especially for something as frivolous as a fashion accessory that can be replicated with no bloodshed," the organization said to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. She also irked the organization when she declared that "everything is better with bacon" during an appearance on Ellen.

Reese Witherspoon in hot water for Chloe bag

We've contacted Witherspoon's rep to get her reaction to the PETA blast.

This isn't the first time PETA has taken aim at Witherspoon — they were pretty upset with the treatment of an elephant named Tai on the set of her recent film Water for Elephants, with Robert Pattinson.

"Video footage reveals that Have Trunk Will Travel beats elephants with what is essentially a fireplace poker, clearly showing that 'training' to the company means beating and shocking these gentle elephants until they scream. Mayor Pulido needs to stop supporting such wanton abuse and stop the pathetic old-fashioned elephant rides at the zoo," the organization said back in May. However, filmmakers insisted the animal was treated well during filming.

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Which side are you on: Reese Witherspoon's or PETA's?

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