PETA India has asked Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath to emulate the example of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in proposing eco-friendly canvas or other non-leather footwear for uniforms.

The move would protect animals and the environment, while empowering children with the opportunity to be animal and eco-friendly. “Children naturally preferred wearing canvas shoes over leather as it was more comfortable,” said Sarfaraz Syed of PETA India. More information can be had on the website, a press release said.