For Immediate Release:
3 June 2015
Toxic Waste From Tanneries Has Poisoned Water and Soil
Allahabad – Just in time for World Environment Day, two volunteers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will wear biohazard suits andhold signs reading,”Stop Ganges Pollution. Go Leather-Free” in Allahabad this Thursday to remind passersby that by choosing leather-free shoes, clothes and accessories, everyone can do their part to protect the environment from the deadly effluents produced by leather tanneries – which have contributed to the devastating pollution of water resources across India, especially the Ganges.
When: Thursday, 4 June, 11 am
Where: Netaji Subhash Place (Civil Lines) metro station, near the petrol pump, Allahabad
“It’s easier than ever to drop leather in favour of synthetics, sparing the environment, human health and animals who suffer for every scrap of flesh”, says PETA India’s Urvisha Contractor. “PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to swap skin for humane animal-free options.”
In Kanpur alone, there are about 400 tanneries on the banks of the Ganges, and much of the dangerous waste – including carcinogenic chromium – gets dumped directly into the river. In two districts of Tamil Nadu, tanneries ruined the farmland of more than 36,000 farmers. Runoff from leather tanneries has also been linked to cancer, respiratory infections and other illnesses in humans.Leather also 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.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.