19 Photos That Tell a Sickening Story About the Global Leather Industry

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A new exposé of cattle ranches in Brazil that supply JBS SA – the largest leather processor in the world – shows how cows and bulls are abused before being killed so that their skins can be used to line car interiors.

Dragged From Their Mothers

Faces Branded With Hot Irons

To show ownership of the calves, workers on ranches that supply cattle to JBS used hot irons to brand them on the face – without any pain relief and counter to the minimum animal-welfare recommendations by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. Older cattle were also forced into chutes, where they panicked and kicked as workers branded them on the back.

Panic, Beatings and Bloody Wounds

On the ranches, cows were forced into tight chutes for handling. The intense crowding led cows to panic and trample each other. Workers then kicked them and yanked them by their ears and tails. In desperation, some cattle tried to jump fences to escape. The eyewitness also saw a calf with a severe maggot infestation, a cow with a swollen head and cows with open, bloody wounds.

Electroshocked on Their Way to Slaughter

When cows are roughly 3 years old, the ranchers send them to JBS-owned abattoirs. Workers jab cows around the anus with metal-tipped sticks and electric shock prods to force them onto the cramped lorries used to take them to slaughter.

Killed, Skinned, Exported

Every year, millions of cows are killed in several JBS abattoirs in Brazil. Workers slit their throats before hacking off their skin and sending it to JBS tanneries, which produce leather for the automotive, furniture, footwear and accessories industries worldwide. Automotive leather suppliers require at least three adult cows’ hides to produce just one complete leather interior. In 2015, JBS’ 26 factories on three continents produced 10 million hides.

leather car seats

You Can Help Us End This Cruelty

General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota are among dozens of major car companies connected to JBS, including the following:

JBS linked car company infographic

Please ask them to stop lining their cars with the skins of abused animals.



  • Zoe jones commented on November 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Barbaric!…why there is so much abuse to animals by humans I never know, how people can hurt living things is beyond me, pitty mun where is the humanity and dignity for these precious animals. There is simply no need of it.

  • Zoe jones commented on November 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Use artificial materials to make the things we need…there is no need for animals to die for us to wear or sit on!

  • Barb Rosa commented on November 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    against ‘all’ abuse & cruelty, show respect

  • Natasha Woolley commented on November 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Loathe animal cruelty.

  • Audrey Hill commented on November 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Please end this abject cruelty. It is so unnecessary.

  • Nadezda Yaroshinskaya commented on November 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Despicable crime! Words failed me.
    And as usual, the worst crimes are always under the law. Criminal world we live in.

  • Lyna commented on November 19, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Leave the cows alone!

  • Dart commented on November 20, 2016 at 1:55 am

    There is no need for this disgusting cruelty, stop now because eventually you will have too

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