India has banned the import of exotic skins of reptiles, like crocodiles and alligators, and furs of certain animals including minks, foxes and chinchillas, which are typically used to make leather or for the fur in clothing and accessories. The decision was notified by India's Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Jan. 3. Animal right activists had long advocated for the ban, highlighting the extreme suffering of animals killed for leather or fur clothing. In December, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) published graphic videos showing animals held in narrow cages and being skinned alive in breeding farms which allegedly sold skins to Louis Vuitton. A year earlier, the organization had shown similar images shot in Texas and Zimbabwe highlighting the practices of companies, which allegedly supplied the Hermès group.