DeVitto stripped down and bared all in nothing but some body paint designed to give her a reptilian appearance to bring awareness to the awful way exotic animals are treated so we can have designer handbags.
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“[Workers] don’t even kill them — they just hit them over the head with metal bats or stab them in the neck,” she said. “Most of the time these animals are still breathing and still living when they get their skin taken from them, and it takes about three to four alligators or crocodiles to make just one bag. It’s absolutely unnecessary.”
DeVitto also shared the artwork from the video on social media.
“Excited to share my new @officialpeta Campaign!” she wrote. “Whose skin are you wearing? Learn why animals are #NotOurs2Wear. See link in my bio. #crueltyFreeFashion. #EducateYourself.”
As PETA explains on their webpage, “Millions of reptiles are slaughtered each year and turned into shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories. These helpless animals are viewed as a commodity by those who poach and hunt them, and they suffer terribly as the skin is pulled off their bodies while they’re still alive.
“Fake snake, mock croc, and faux leather are a few realistic- and luxe-looking materials that can help you achieve a great look — without wearing someone else’s skin. Popular retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Overstock.com, Cole Haan, and Nike have all signed PETA’s pledge never to sell exotic skins.”
DeVitto can currently be seen on the small screen as Dr. Natalie Manning on Chicago Med.