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Dakota Johnson received a scathing letter from PETA regarding her new Gucci ad campaign

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) isn't happy about a new Gucci ad campaign, in which Dakota Johnson is sporting a ton of their accessories, including handbags made of animal skin. The actress just debuted as an official ambassador for the high-end clothing company and recently starred in a new commercial where she is showcasing a ton of their products. According to PETA, the issue is that a few of the Gucci handbags Dakota is promoting in the ad campaign are actually produced with real reptile skins, notably python and crocodile. And Gucci isn't concealing anything either. On its website, the brand proudly states that the hides are authentic. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]Dakota Johnson received PETA disapproval after new Gucci ad featuring handbags made from real animal skins Image credit: British Vogue[/caption] However, that doesn't sit well with the animal rights organization, and it informed Dakota of this in a detailed yet somewhat scathing letter to her team. According to the letter, which was acquired by TMZ, PETA finds it strange that Dakota is so outspoken about social issues yet continues to flaunt Gucci's python and crocodile handbags, which range in price from $3,100 to $31,000. And they are right too. The actress frequently shares advocacy content on Instagram for causes like BLM, women's rights, and many more. Also read: Ben Affleck captured serving coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through in Boston

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Inquiring as to whether she is concerned about the animals that were killed for the bags, PETA informed Dakota Johnson that hunters and poachers go to great lengths to collect the skins, including torturing and mutilating them while still alive. Furthermore, according to PETA, "The killing of these snakes is so cruel that in California, it would be illegal to buy the very goods you’re promoting, because their sale is banned." [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]PETA urged Dakota Johnson to strongly reconsider her affiliation with Gucci Image credit: British Vogue[/caption] Gucci even acknowledges this fact on the web pages for a few of these handbags. In the end, PETA urged Dakota to strongly reconsider her affiliation with Gucci and to condemn the fashion house's usage of exotic animal skins, especially in light of the availability of vegan alternatives. Lastly, since her famous grandmother, Tippi Hedren, was a strong supporter of animal preservation and Dakota has talked highly of her work, it appears that she feels that speaking up on animal rights concerns is a justifiable cause. So far, Dakota's representatives have not yet commented on this matter.

By Alberto Mesti

Introvert. Eccentric at times. A fashion enthusiast, designer and writer. Lives for the drama, hates being at the centre of it. Can be best described as \'wannabe modern day Lady Whistledown\'.