‘Toxic Slime’ Protest to Hit Leather Conference

PETA Supporters Will Highlight Leather Industry's Planet-Poisoning Waste

For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New York – Tomorrow, a group of PETA supporters will pour buckets of black “toxic slime” over their heads outside the Leather, Compliance, & Sustainability New York Conference to call attention to the harmful waste associated with the leather industry.

When:    Wednesday, November 13, 12 noon

Where:    10 Hudson Yards, 347 10th Ave. (at the intersection with W. 30th Street), New York

More than a billion animals are killed for leather each year. Animal agriculture—which includes the leather industry—is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions and is the major driver of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The 2017 “Pulse of the Fashion Industry” report found leather to be the most polluting animal-derived material used for clothing, and a PETA exposé shows unprotected workers, including children, standing barefoot as they soak hides in carcinogenic chemicals at a tannery. The noxious waste was then dumped into a nearby river.

“No one needs cows’ skin except the gentle animals who were born in it,” says PETA Director Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on people to protect animals and the planet by giving cruel, toxic leather the boot.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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