The entire issue heated up after a horrific video was released showing cruel practices by a Hermès crocodile skin supplier, and it was alleged that some workers were instructed to use knives on 500 conscious animals when a gun failed to work.

Hermès called the incident an “isolated irregularity” in the statement, but also promised that they’ll stop working with the farm if standards slip. An audit in July also showed that the farm was following the proper regulations so—as long as you have a spare $68,000 to spend—so you can go forth and buy your crocodile skin Birkin without any guilt.