The latest to join anti-leather cause

IF SLAUGHTER HOUSES had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian, Paul McCartney, one of the Beatles, had once said.

Though non-vegetarianism has its own virtues, more and more people, world over, are switching to vegetarianism, and the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has done its bit to promote an awareness about the cruelty meted out to animals in the leather trade, one of the largest industries in the world.

The latest to join the anti-leather cause is fashion designer Hemant Trivedi. He recently announced to stop using leather in all his creations and switch to a leather-resembling, synthetic material instead.

The latest to join anti-leather cause

His announcement is especially surprising as he was the director of the International Leather Fair, held in Chennai annually.

Trivedi, a vegetarian, admitted the terrible state animals like cows and buffaloes are subjected to, prior to being slaughtered brutally and made into fashionable pants, coats or shoes.

The animals are crammed into lorries, due to which many of them suffer from severe wounds and broken bones, while many suffocate to death.

They are made to walk long distances to their deaths at abattoirs or slaughter houses, and if they collapse on the way, chilli powder is rubbed on their eyes, and their tails are broken, as punishment.

The worst possible cruelties to animals happen at slaughter houses.

The animals' throats are hacked and they are often skinned in full view of the animals still alive.

In the wake of awareness about cruelty meted out to animals, big retailers including Reebok, Nike, Gucci, Gap and several others are boycotting Indian leather — a step in the right direction.

By Preeti Chandrasekar.

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