Los Angeles: Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has been slammed by animal rights groups for carrying a four thousand dollar Chloe Paraty python bag.

Selling python skin is illegal in California and it is likely that Witherspoon got it from Paris or New York, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"No matter how much Reese paid for that bag, the animals paid a much higher price. Every year, millions of snakes are skinned alive," said a spokeswoman for PETA.

Ironically, the actress has been named one of the Sexiest Vegetarians by the organisation.