EUROPE BUYS $1-B ILLEGAL PYTHON SKINS ANNUALLY

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PARIS: Illegal python skins worth an estimated $1 billion are being imported into Europe every year to feed growing demand for the luxury leather, according to a new report. Nearly 500,000 skins are shipped on the black market from Southeast Asia every year to grace the windows of Europe’s fashion houses, particularly in France, Germany and Spain, a report by the Python Conservation Partnership found. The rising demand from major brands like Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo, which use the exotic patterned skin to make handbags, shoes and jackets, is depleting wild populations of the giant snake.

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