"Reptiles are nailed to trees or posts and skinned alive" in order to make shoes and accessories, according to People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals, and they're not happy about it.
The organization has asked the MBTA for permission to mount an awareness campaign wherein "realistic-looking rubber snakes [are] wrapped around subway poles and handles," and there is "a slogan on the windows that reads, 'Snakes Make Your Skin Crawl? Shed All Scaly Belts and Bags.'"
PETA has also said that if the MBTA denies their request, "it will be no surprise if local members take it upon themselves to add rubber reptiles to the rails."
A statement from MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo on UniversalHub says, "This morning, we referred PETA to the T's advertising contractor, Titan 360, to get rates for their ad campaign. But the MBTA has notified PETA that one proposed element of their campaign will not be approved. In the interest of customers' safety and comfort, the MBTA does not permit advertisers to hang objects from the ceilings and handrails of subway cars."
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