For Immediate Release:
9 May 2019
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
If You Wouldn’t Wear a Baby’s Skin, Don’t Wear a Cow’s, Says PETA India Supporter
Chandigarh – A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan wearing a coat adorned with the arms, legs, and heads of baby dolls will protest in advance of Mother’s Day (12 May) in Chandigarh on Friday, holding a sign that reads, “Everybody Is Somebody’s Baby: Go Leather-Free.” The campaign aims to raise awareness of the abuse that animals endure before their skin is made into coats, shoes, bags, and other items.
When: Friday, 10 May, 11 am sharp
Where: Next to Sukhna Lake, Sector 1, Chandigarh
“People who would never think of buying a coat made of the skins of human babies shouldn’t wear one made of the skins of cows and other sensitive animals who were tormented and slaughtered for their body parts,” says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Ayushi Sharma. “PETA India encourages everyone to choose only products made of vegan leather or other natural or synthetic animal-free fabrics and to remove all animal-derived items from their wardrobes.”
Cows, buffaloes, and other animals used for leather in India are often crammed onto vehicles in such large numbers that their bones break. Slaughterhouse workers cut the throats of those who survive this ordeal in full view of other animals before dismembering and skinning them, often while they’re still conscious. Run-off from leather tanneries contaminates rivers and streams, harming all life there. It has also been linked to cancer, respiratory infections, and other illnesses in humans.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that vegan leather and other animal-friendly options are available at nearly all major shoe and clothing shops nationwide.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.