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PETA India Protests Cricket World Cup

Written by PETA | March 30, 2011

In what was perhaps the PETA India demonstration that turned the most heads to date, a group of women in “cricket uniforms” gathered outside the stadium where the Cricket World Cup 2011 games are held in order to call on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to punt leather balls and replace them with synthetic ones. 

By switching to synthetic balls, the ICC would spare cows from cruelty, such as being forced to march for days to slaughter without food or water and being skinned and dismembered, often while they are still conscious, which often happens in India. These days, with the technology that’s available, synthetic options can be made to play well while being kind to animals, unlike their leather counterparts.

A cow bleeds to death in a standard Indian leather slaughterhouse.
© Anthony Lawrence

We’re hopeful that the ICC makes the switch. After all, any game that uses the word “pie-thrower”  is right up our animal rights alley.

Even if you don’t play cricket, you can help cows by switching to leather-free sporting gear. See PETA’s cruelty-free clothing guide for a list of synthetic options.


Written by Michelle Sherrow 

Commenting is closed.
  • Jake Klein says:

    Aren’t cows sacred there?!

  • Vitoria Kuo says:

    I cannot believe this. This is horrific and souless. They have to stop this cruelty now! Everybody can wear synthetic leather. People that wear leather probably don’t know how these poor animals are killed just in the name of fashion. Please stop this now!!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Great blog. The colourful photo of the beautiful young ladies certainly makes a point, and the second photo shows what they’re fighting for. PETA India is always inspirational. Wear no leather!

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