Reese Witherspoon Will Stop Carrying Chloe Python Bag, Says PETA

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Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan are in negotiations to star in the indie drama "Mud" for writer-director Jeff Nichols, known for his Cannes award winner "Take Shelter." Everest Entertainment is financing and producing with FilmNation.

The actress is forsaking the snake -- illegal in the state of California -- after being noted by the animal rights organization.

Forsaking the snake! That's what's come of all the PETA ballyhoo in the news on November 1, when photos of Reese Witherspoon carrying a Chloe python Paraty bag reached the internet, and PETA called her out, since python is illegal in the state of Calfornia. Reese has agreed to hang up the bag, and PETA is sending her flowers for what they are calling a "compassionate decision."

Here's what Wendy Wegner, media officer for PETA just wrote us:
"I wanted to pass along an update about the python-skin bag that actor Reese Witherspoon was recently seen carrying. After hearing about it, PETA immediately rushed its video exposé of the exotic-skins industry to Reese. Hosted by her Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix, the video describes how snakes and other reptiles are often skinned alive and how they suffer slow, painful deaths for the sake of fashion. Thankfully, Reese has just informed PETA that she will no longer carry 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," said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. "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 crock or fake snake."

And while this is all lovely, we have to say -- we still don't want to be in the vicinity of a live one of these puppies!!!!