Leather can be made from cows, pigs, goats and sheep. Most leather is made from developing countries, India and China, where animal welfare laws are not enforced or non-existent (Peta.org 2016). There have been investigations that have shown that workers break cows’ tails and rub chilli peppers into their eyes to force them to walk to the slaughterhouse (Peta.org 2016).
Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals (Peta.org 2016).
Turning skin into leather uses dangerous chemicals, including mineral salts, formaldehyde, and coal-tar derivatives (Peta.org 2016). The chemicals are needed to stop the leather from rottingPhoto credit
Many of the cows face extreme crowding, skinned alive, castration, branding, tail-docking, dismemberment, and dehorning, without any painkillers and whilst still conscious (Peta.org 2016). All so that their skin can be turned into leather. This is a disgraceful act against creatures who are capable of pain and feelings, and this horrific trend must be stopped. Is fashion worth this sacrifice?
Cows are extremely intelligent animals who develop complex relationships, can perform difficult tasks, and even mourn the deaths of their friends (Peta.org 2016). However, the leather industry won’t allow them to be themselves.
Buying real leather, such as your shoes, hang bags, belts, wallets, jacket, pants, directly contributes to factory farms and slaughterhouses. With each new leather handbag or shoes that you buy, you are sentencing an innocent animal to a lifetime of horrific suffering. Instead, there are thousands of other styles of faux leather products on offer by tonnes of retailers, please check them out before your next leather purchase!
Did you know?
Peta.org 2016, Peta, Accessed 12 September 2016, <http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/leather-industry/>