PETA Member Will Take Public Shower to Show Leather’s Devastating Impact on the Planet

For Immediate Release:
27 August 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]

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Chandigarh – Behind a shower curtain that reads, “1 pair shoes equals 6 months showers. Clean Your Conscience: Go Leather-Free!” a PETA member will shower in Chandigarh on Tuesday. His point? That the best thing that people can do to save water is to go leather-free.

When: Tuesday, 28 August, 12 noon sharp
Where: Across from the Neelam Theatre, Sector 17 Plaza, Chandigarh
Note: The event will take place rain or shine.

“It is impossible to ‘go green’ without going vegan”, says PETA campaigner Chani Singh. “Just by ditching leather, concerned people can help protect the Earth, their own health and countless animals.”

Pollution from the leather industry has put tens of thousands of farmers out of work. In just two districts of Tamil Nadu, more than 36,000 farmers were affected by tannery pollution, with large tracts of farmland rendered barren, soaked as they were for decades in tannery effluents. Turning skin into leather requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals.

Tannery effluent contains large amounts of pollutants, such as salt, lime sludge, sulfides, acids and chromium, which are highly toxic. Leather tanneries also discharge significant amounts of zinc, manganese, lead and other potentially toxic metals. In addition, the leather industry wastes vast quantities of precious water: It takes the same amount of water for six months’ worth of showers as it does to make just one pair of leather shoes.

In India, any animal used for leather is transported to slaughter in abominable ways. Goats, sheep, cows and other animals are crammed onto vehicles in such large numbers that their bones break. Many suffocate en route. Some animals are marched to their deaths over long distances. Handlers break the tailbones of cows or smear chilli seeds in their eyes if they collapse from exhaustion or injury in order to move them along through force of pain. At nearly all slaughterhouses, animals are butchered in full view of each other with blunt knives and without being stunned.

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