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Buying Leather Pants Supports Terrorism?

Written by PETA | October 8, 2008

As if there weren’t already enough terror attached to the loathsome leather trade, the notoriously cruel Indian leather industry has now been linked to Islamic terrorists groups. According to a recent article in The Times of India, the illegal cattle-smuggling trade, an integral part of the leather supply chain, has been funding terrorism in India. For years now, money made in this thriving racket has reportedly been funneled to various terrorists, including one of the men convicted of killing American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

It’s pretty ironic that a country in which cows are considered sacred is one of the largest leather manufacturers in the world. In fact, Indian law makes it illegal to export cows. To get around this, traffickers force cattle to march hundreds of miles across the country. Marched for days without food or water, cows often collapse from exhaustion or despair, To keep them moving, workers smear the cows’ eyes with chili peppers and tobacco and break the cows’ tails. By the time the cows are crammed into illegal transport trucks and smuggled across the India-Bangladesh border, many are so sick and injured that they have to be dragged into the slaughterhouse—where their throats are slit while they are still alive.

I say we fight the war on terror by buying pleather and signing this petition to the Ambassador of India.

Written by Amy Elizabeth

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  • MAX FRISSON says:

    Did you know that much of the inexpensive MOTORCYCLE leather gear is from Pakistan? Fashion leather is small compared to biker gear CHECK IT OUT

  • Chuck Norris says:

    I do as i please Because I am the CHUCK NORRIS

  • Buddha says:

    Well I think the slaughter houses and leather industry are run by muslims living in India which is predominantly Hindu country and Cow is Holy only for the hindus.

  • sparrow monroe says:

    what this doesnt mention is that the people who sell the cows are needing money and promised that the animals will live their lives without harm and will be given land to graze for the duration of their lives. kinda sick isnt it? tricking people like that?

  • panic says:

    arent the cows considered holy in India???

  • Holly says:

    In the news Monkeys work in Japanese restaurant

  • SASHA says:

    Thank you PETA for bring this to our attention. Let’s boycott leather. It’s so cruel what these cows go thru.