A PETA India undercover investigation reveals filth, disease and cruelty in India's fishing industry.
Watch the video that exposes the cruelty and suffering that go into every piece of leather, fur, wool, and exotic skin that you wear, then ask yourself and everyone you know, "Whose skin are you in?"
Many people shun and refuse to wear fur
because of the gruesome ways in which animals suffer and are killed for their
pelts. But what about leather?
Most consumers are not aware of the cruelty to animals involved in the leather
industry or the detrimental environmental effects of leather production.
McCartney, who does not use any leather in her fashion line, explains why
she has shed leather in this shocking video exposé of the leather
industry. Stella's video for PETA provides consumers with the facts so that
they can make informed decisions before buying products made from leather.
In the West, many of the millions of cows and other animals
who are killed for their skins endure the horrors of factory farming, including
extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking
and dehorning – all without any painkillers. Buying leather directly
contributes to factory farms and slaughterhouses because skin is the most
economically important byproduct of the meat industry.
A large amount of leather comes from India
and China. Animal welfare laws are not enforced in India and carry no
penalties in China.
In India, a PETA US investigation found that workers break cows' tails
and rub chilli peppers and tobacco into their eyes in order to force them to
get up and walk after they collapse from exhaustion on the way to the
slaughterhouse. At slaughterhouses, animals routinely have their throats cut and
are skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious.
In addition to promoting animal
suffering, leather production is also harmful
to the environment. In order to preserve animal skins, companies use tons
of toxic chemicals that can end up in nearby soil and water supplies. Turning
skin into leather requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals,
including mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives and various oils,
dyes and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Most leather produced in the US
is chrome-tanned, and all wastes containing chromium are considered hazardous
by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Stella shares, "As a designer, I like to work with fabrics that don't bleed; that's why
I avoid all animal skins. Please join me in exploring the huge variety of fashionable
shoes, belts, purses, and wallets that aren't the product of a cow's violent
death. You can buy cruelty-free fashion all over the place now, since demand is
always increasing as people learn the dark truth about the fur and leather and
Join Stella in ending the suffering of animals by
taking the pledge to boycott leather.
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