For Immediate Release:
10 May 2018
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Nirali Gada; [email protected]
If You Wouldn’t Wear a Baby’s Skin, Don’t Wear a Cow’s, Says PETA India Supporter
Lucknow – A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India wearing a coat festooned with the arms, legs, and heads of doll babies will protest in advance of Mother’s Day (13 May) in Lucknow 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 products.
When: Friday, 11 May, 11 am sharp
Where: Near Gandhi Pratima, Hazratganj, Lucknow
“People who would never think of buying coats made of the skins of human babies shouldn’t wear coats made of the skins of cows and other feeling animals who were tormented and slaughtered for their body parts,” says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Ayushi Sharma. “PETA encourages everyone to choose only products made of vegan leather or other natural or synthetic fabrics and to make their wardrobes free of animal-derived materials.”
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 poisons rivers and streams, harming all water life. 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.