Thinking Inside the Box About Leather

Published by PETA.

What do you say to a naked, bloody lady in a shoebox? How about “Hi”?

No, that’s not a joke. It’s what Midwesterners must have been asking themselves as they encountered PETA’s latest demonstration, in which two of the aforementioned “bloody,” naked (well, nearly) women lay inside a giant shoebox. Check out the scene in Cincinnati:

The point? The leather used to make shoes and other clothing and accessories comes from animals who endure the horrors of factory farming before being trucked to slaughterhouses, where they routinely have their throats cut and are skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious. Meanwhile, the toxic chemicals used by tanneries are extremely harmful to workers and the environment.

What You Can Do

With all the fashionable and durable vegan shoes, jackets, belts, and purses now widely available, there’s no excuse for killing animals for their skin. Please strip leather from your wardrobe!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind