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Holy Cow! Indian Schools Ban Leather Shoes

Written by PETA | June 2, 2010
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Thanks to the efforts of PETA India and Maneka Gandhi—the daughter-in-law of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and a staunch animal rights proponent—India’s Central Board of School Education has banned leather shoes from school uniforms.

Leather shoes are seen as a vestige of British colonial rule, under which they were introduced as a requirement for Indian school uniforms. But in addition to the obvious cruelty to cows, leather shoes are unsuited to India’s hot, humid climate, and leather manufacturing also takes a tremendous toll on the environment. Leather shoes in school uniforms will be replaced with comfortable, environmentally friendly, and easy-to-clean canvas plimsolls (no, not those Plimsouls).

PETA’s campaign against Indian leather started a decade ago when PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk traveled to India to investigate the transport of cows to slaughterhouses. Since then, dozens of international retailers have agreed to stop purchasing Indian leather, costing the industry millions in lost revenue. Find out more about Ingrid’s investigation here.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Rajiv says:

    so what do kids wear to school Rexine top. Not a good news atall

  • deepa says:

    Thanks to maneka gandhi and pet i love you peta.

  • chandrakanth says:

    very happy to read thisthanks to maneka gandhi and peta lets start to save our gomatha vandegowmatharam save cow save our nation

  • sanjuro says:

    That’s a great victory! Especially for India! How of all countries could India do that to cows in the first place?

  • Nirupama says:

    Ingrid You rock!! Thank You. I am an Indian and have been a fan of Maneka Gandhi for a long time now but right now I am AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWED by her. And very glad that you two found each other to make up a super duper indomitable duo.

  • Jane Kreisman says:

    NAMASTE! Great Work! Mahatma Gandhi would approve!

  • Pintu says:

    This is such a great news for all of us here at India. Thanks PETA and Maneka Gandhi!