Top 3 Reasons Leather Is GROSS

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Posted December 31, 2012 by Annie Leal

I have some bad news, guys: There’s a fashion trend that’s even worse than parachute pants and spandex bodysuits—some people are actually wearing skin from dead animals! How disgusting is that?!

Check out the top three reasons why leather is GROSS:

  1. It’s cruel. Most of the leather in the U.S. comes from India, where cows are marched hundreds of miles in the heat, without food or water. They have their tails broken and chili peppers and tobacco rubbed into their eyes in order to force them to get back up after they collapse. In the slaughterhouse, their throats are cut and they’re skinned often while they’re still alive—all of this just for a shoe or a belt. :(
  2. It contains toxic chemicals. Not only does the leather industry hurt animals—it’s also extremely toxic to our environment and a danger to human health. Skin from dead animals, just like skin from dead humans, rots. To prevent this, companies use tons of toxic chemicals that end up in nearby soil and water supplies, endangering the lives of people who work at the tanneries and others who live in the area.
  3. It’s someone’s skin! C’mon, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that wearing someone else’s skin is wrong and just plain creepy. There are so many vegan fashion options available that there’s simply no excuse to wear parts of dead animals.

Share this blog post with people you know and ask them to ditch animal skins for good! Oh, and don’t forget to check out our guide to help you shop for vegan leather in a flash.

Let us know in the comments below why wearing leather gives you the creeps!  

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