These images take us to a slaughterhouse in a small Javanese town in Indonesia where snakes are farmed for their skin, which is then used to make handbags, belts, wallets and shoes.
At the factory, we see the bloody carcasses of thousands of dead snakes piled up on the floor. Thousands of meters-worth of skin lengths are sold to bag factories in the West and Central Java provinces every month.
There is a number of ways in which snakes are killed and skinned, but one method is cited by many experts as exceptionally cruel and outdated. Using this method, the snake is first stunned with a blow to the head, delivered with the back of a machete, and a hose pipe is then forced between its jaws.
Then the reptile’s body is filled with water to a point where it swells like a balloon. It is then left like that for ten minutes, with a leather cord tied around its neck to prevent the water from escaping.
Then the snake’s head is impaled on a meat hook and a couple of quick incisions made. The now-loosened skin is then peeled off with a series of tugs, just like you would take a rubber glove off of a hand. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Two workers at the snake farm in Indonesia stand over a pile of hundreds of snakes that have been freshly skinned.
2. A man carries a tray of snake carcasses that are being left to dry after they were killed, skinned and coiled up.
3. Workers wrap snake carcasses into coils where they will be left to dry on large trays after having their skin ripped off.
4. A man arranges dozens of tiny snakes on a tray at the Indonesian snake farm.
5. Two employees at the snake farm show off a dried snakeskin which measures several metres in length.
6. This close up photo shows the skinning process as it is done by hand. A pile of snake carcasses lie in a bloody heap in the background.
7. A farm worker attempts to clear a pile of dead snakes from the factory floor.
8. Two deadly cobras rear up while facing each other. They too will eventually be killed for their skin and meat.
9. A man holds a bundle of dead snakes up to the camera, while his colleagues continue skinning from a separate pile.
10. An employee smokes a cigarette while he handles a pile of snake carcasses and their skins.
11. A pile of snakes, still live, crawl over each other as they await their fate at the slaughterhouse in Kapetakan village in Indonesia.
12. This photo shows thousands of snake carcasses piled together on the ground of the slaughterhouse.
Here is National Geographic’ Bryan Christy visiting a reptile slaughterhouse on Sumatra, Indonesia where pythons and monitor lizards are prepared for the international exotic leather trade (related):
Source: The Daily Mail.
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