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3 Reasons Leather Is GROSS

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Posted December 31, 2012 by

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

baby-cow India Leather© PETA/Karremann

Check out the top three reasons why leather is GROSS: 

1. Leather is cruel.

Most of the leather in the U.S. comes from India, where cows are often forced to march hundreds of miles in the heat, without food or water. People sometimes break their tails and rub chili peppers and tobacco into their eyes in order to force them to get back up after they collapse from exhaustion. Then in the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats and pull their skin off, often while they’re still alive—all of this just for a shoe or a belt. :(

Cows-Being-Led-To-Slaughter© PETA/Karremann

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.

tannery cows india leather© PETA/Karremann

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. Plus, cows aren’t the only animals who are killed for their skin. In China, where a lot of the world’s leather originates, a PETA Asia undercover investigation revealed that dogs are bludgeoned and killed so that their skin can be turned into leather shoes, gloves, belts, and other accessories. There’s no easy way to tell the difference between skin from dogs and skin from other animals. There are so many vegan fashion options available that there’s simply no excuse to wear parts of ANY dead animals.

You can help!

The good news is that it’s super easy to help stop this. All you have to do is check labels before you buy and avoid anything that’s made with leather. Share this blog with people you know and ask them to ditch animal skins for good, too. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our guide to help you shop for vegan leather in a flash. :) 

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