Protesters Offer Graphic View of What Happens to
Animals Who Are Slaughtered for Leather
30 April 2012
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
+91 9167134682; DeeptiM@petainda.org
Cochin – Well-dressed PETA members carrying the "bloody heads of cows" on meat hooks will confront
shoppers on Wednesday with a sign reading, "Did Your Shoes Have a Face?" PETA wants to remind consumers that leather comes
from cows and other animals who have been killed for their skin. The group aims
to raise awareness of the cruelty that animals endure before their skin is made
into shoes, bags and other accessories. PETA encourages shoppers always to
select synthetic and natural-fibre materials instead of animal skins.
Date: Wednesday, 2 May
Time: 12 noon
Place: Outside Bay Pride Mall, Marine Drive, Cochin
"Shoes, bags and belts made from the skin of
slaughtered cows and other animals should be spurned, not displayed as
desirable", says PETA campaigner Dr Deepti Mishra. "Wearing animal
skins directly supports cruelty, so we are asking everyone to think before they
buy and to leave leather out of their wardrobe. It is easy to choose products
made from cotton, jute, satin or synthetics – all of which are
Cows, buffalo and other animals used for leather in
India are often crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that their bones
break. Those who survive this ordeal have their throats cut in full view of
other animals, and many of them are dismembered and skinned while they are
still conscious. In India, the leather industry ignores even the most basic
animal protection laws. Runoff from leather tanneries poisons rivers and
streams, harming all life within. It has also been linked to cancer,
respiratory infections and other illnesses in humans.
Synthetic leather and other animal-friendly options
are available at just about any major shoe or clothing shop.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.
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