Breaking: Cows Bludgeoned for Skin and Flesh
Ever wondered where your pair of leather shoes came from? This disturbing new eyewitness video footage shot inside a Thai abattoir offers a glimpse of the terror and pain inflicted on cows as they’re being killed for their skin and flesh.
The video shows workers repeatedly bashing cows in the head with sledgehammers before finally cutting their throats – all while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.
Then, workers cut their skin off.
If you wear leather, it could have come from a place like this.
The skins of these sensitive animals supply the cruel international leather industry, which is expanding in Thailand as leather producers flee tougher environmental standards in China. Products made with the hides of these barbarically slaughtered cows could end up in UK stores.
Leather is hazardous to the environment.
A groundbreaking report on the fashion industry’s environmental footprint found that leather does more harm than any other material . Since it’s an important co-product of the unsustainable meat industry, this is hardly surprising.
Using animal skins for fashion hurts humans, too: in order to keep them from decomposing, companies treat them with dangerous chemicals that end up in nearby soil and waterways, poisoning the environment and threatening human health. Tannery workers are dying of cancer caused by exposure to these toxins.
Never Wear Leather
Leather is a direct contributor to the horrors of factory farming and the slaughter of millions of animals each year. It’s easier than ever to choose clothes and accessories from among the many fashionable animal-free shoes, jackets, belts, bags, wallets, and other items that are readily available. Check out our list of “PETA-Approved Vegan” brands that offer animal-free footwear:
Speak Up for Cows
Animal-free fabrics should be the go-to materials for all retailers and manufacturers. Ask Jaguar, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo to stop fitting out their vehicles with animals’ skins: