Written by PETA
Ever wonder what
stops animal skins used for leather
shoes and handbags from decomposing into a stinky, slimy mess? The answer is chromium tanning,
which creates quite a mess of its own—including toxic wastewater and
contaminated soil. According to a new report that ranks tannery operations
fifth on a list of the world's worst toxic-pollution problems, chromium tanning
also puts millions of people at risk for serious health problems.
In addition to the
toxic tannery sludge, raising animals for food and leather
requires huge amounts of feed, land, water, and fossil fuels.
Because leather is a coproduct of the meat industry,
if you wear it, you're also supporting an industry that routinely crams animals
together in filthy conditions and sends them to slaughterhouses,
where their throats are cut while they're still conscious.
Many tanneries are
concentrated in South Asia, where cows are subjected to horrendous abuse.
PETA's investigation into the Indian leather
trade revealed that cows
are forced to walk for days without food or water on the way to slaughter. If
they collapse, drivers rub chili peppers into their eyes and break their tails
to get them up again.
To avoid contributing
to the cruelty and pollution of leather, clean the skeletons out of your closet
and check out PETA's shopping
to cruelty-free clothing.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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