Andhra Pradesh Education Commissioner Urges Schools to Shun Leather Shoes

For Immediate Release:
2 May 2017

Puja Mahajan  [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari  [email protected]

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Andhra Pradesh – Following an advisory by the Central Board of Secondary Education, a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India to the education ministers of all states and union territories, and communication with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the Commissioner of School Education of Andhra Pradesh issued an advisory urging all schools in the state to make canvas shoes, not leather ones, the uniform requirement for students.

Andhra Pradesh joins several other states and union territories – including Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Telangana – which have recommended that schools use eco-friendly shoes such as those made from canvas instead of leather as part of their school uniforms.

“This compassionate effort to make non-leather shoes the standard in Andhra Pradesh schools shows students the importance of protecting animals and the environment”, says PETA India’s early childhood education manager, Puja Mahajan. “PETA calls on education departments across India to consider following suit in order to help kids learn that animals don’t deserve a lifetime of suffering.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that in India, animals used for their skin often sustain broken bones or suffocate as they’re transported to the slaughterhouse. If they survive the trip, their throats are typically cut with blunt knives in full view of other terrified animals. Turning the skins of cows, buffaloes, sheep, and goats into leather also requires massive amounts of toxic chemicals, and run-off from leather tanneries poisons local rivers and streams.

In addition to being better for animals and the environment, canvas shoes are recyclable, can be washed easily, and are sturdy enough to withstand heavy wear and tear from active students.

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