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Pimpin’ the Pope’s Ride

Written by PETA | June 24, 2011

Holy hybrid, Batman! In light of news reports that Mercedes-Benz may be developing a hybrid popemobile, PETA is asking His Holiness to truly go green by riding without the hide.

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Besides being hell for cows—who are often dismembered and skinned while still conscious—leather production is also lethal to the environment. In order to prevent skins from rotting, companies use tons of toxic chemicals, including arsenic, formaldehyde, and coal-tar derivatives, that end up in nearby soil and water supplies. As we point out in our letter to the Pope, who has been outspoken about protecting the environment and animals, Mercedes-Benz offers leather-free interiors for all its cars, so making a cow- and planet-friendly popemobile shouldn’t take a miracle.

The next time you’re shopping for a new set of wheels, please be an angel for animals by choosing a leather-free option.

Written by Paula Moore

Commenting is closed.
  • Malcolm Sinclair says:

    Please be humane.

  • th3ch0s3n0n3 says:

    Please… cows in North America are NOT skinned alive. I work at a slaughterhouse. We stun the animals into unconsciousness, then we slit their throat until they painlessly bleed out.