Reese Witherspoon Gives Up Her Illegal Python Purse

After a request from PETA, the actress agreed to give up her designer snakeskin bag

Mama needs a brand-new bag! Bowing under pressure from PETA, Reese Witherspoon has decided to hang up her chic (but animal un-friendly) python Chloe purse, which retails for nearly $4,000, for good.

After the Oscar winner, 35, was spotted walking around Los Angeles with the handbag in tow (it's called the Paraty), the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent her a video (coincidentally narrated by her Walk the Line costar Joaquin Phoenix) exposing the cruelty involved in the exotic skins industry responsible for the trendy accessory, Us Weekly reports.

California banned the sale of snakeskin in 1970 -- before Witherspoon was even born -- and it's unclear where or how the Water for Elephants star bought or received the bag.

"We've long known Reese to be a kind person, so we're pleased -- and not surprised -- that she is hanging up her python bag for good," PETA told Gossip Cop via statement. "We hope Reese's honest mistake will serve as a reminder for all of us to be extra-certain that what we’re buying is mock croc or fake snake."

As a thank you, PETA sent Witherspoon a bouquet of flowers after she vowed never to tote the designer handbag again. But where the purse is now is anyone's guess!

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