PETA, PFA and Jeev Aashraya Members in Biohazard Suits to Protest Leather-Industry Pollution

For Immediate Release:

29 November 2017


Radhika Suryavanshi  [email protected]

Shambhavi Tiwari  [email protected]

Groups Will Mark National Pollution Prevention Day by Showing How the Cruel and Toxic Leather Industry Has Fouled the Environment Throughout India

Lucknow – Wearing full-body biohazard suits and holding signs, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), People for Animals Lucknow, and Jeev Aashraya will protest the toxic leather industry in Lucknow on Thursday ahead of National Pollution Prevention Day (2 December). The deadly effluent from leather tanneries is responsible for fouling water sources across India and around the world.

When: Thursday, 30 November, 12 noon sharp

Where: Near Gandhi Pratima, Hazratganj, Lucknow

“Not only does leather cause the deaths of the animals tormented for it, it also pollutes our water and land,” says PETA Campaigns Assistant Radhika Suryavanshi. “We can all make the world a kinder and safer place simply by choosing leather-free shoes, clothing, and accessories.”

In Kanpur alone, there are about 400 tanneries on the banks of the Ganges, and much of the dangerous waste that they produce – including carcinogenic chromium – is dumped directly into the river. In two districts of Tamil Nadu, tanneries have ruined the farmland of more than 36,000 farmers. Run-off from leather tanneries has also been linked to cancer, respiratory infections, and other illnesses in humans. In addition, leather production takes a deadly toll on animals. As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – cows and other animals killed for leather in India are often loaded onto trucks that are so severely crowded that many are injured or die en route to the slaughterhouse. During slaughter, many animals are still conscious as their throats are cut.

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