In Run-Up to World Environment Day, PETA Reminds
Public That the Leather Industry Torments Animals, Wastes Water and Pollutes
For Immediate Release:
1 June 2012
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
+91 2240727382; DeeptiM@petaindia.org
Chennai – Wearing nothing but a pair of briefs and
standing behind a shower curtain that reads, "1 Pair of Leather Shoes
Equals 6 Months of Showers. Clean Your Conscience: Go Leather-Free!" vegan
theatre actor Mathivanan Rajendran will shower in a busy city centre on Monday.
His point? That one of the best ways to conserve water is to stop buying and
wearing leather. The action comes on the eve of World Environment Day:
4 June, 12 noon
Where: Outside Ispahani Center (near Gemini Flyover), Nungambakkam, Chennai
"It's impossible to 'go green' without going
vegan", says PETA's Dr Deepti Mishra. "Just by ditching leather,
concerned people can help protect the Earth, their own health and countless
Leather production uses water to
raise animals, grow plants to feed the animals, run slaughterhouses and tan the
skins. Tanning is a highly toxic artificial process that stops the natural
biodegrading of animal tissue. In two districts of Tamil Nadu alone, more than 36,000 farmers were affected
by tannery pollution, as large tracts of farmland were rendered barren after
being soaked for decades in tannery effluent, which contains lime sludge,
sulphides, acids and other pollutants. The leather tanneries around the Ganges
have been cited for dumping toxic metals such as chromium into the river.
Chromium's waste form is known to cause lung cancer, liver failure, kidney
damage and dementia.
Goats, sheep, cows and other animals transported to
slaughter for their skin are crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that
their bones break, and many animals suffocate. Some animals are marched to
their deaths over long distances. When cows collapse from exhaustion or injury,
handlers break the animals' tailbones or smear chilli seeds into their eyes in
order to force them to stand back up and keep moving. In abattoirs, terrified
animals are butchered in full view of each other with blunt knives and without
first being desensitised to pain.
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