PETA Anti-Leather Ad Banned From UK Airports

PETA Anti-Leather Ad Banned From UK Airports

London – “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly.” That’s the message PETA tried to place on trolleys at UK airports to inspire compassion for cows and other animals killed for fashion accessories, but airports up and down the country rejected the non-graphic image for being “political” or risking “potential negative customer reaction”.

The image isalso available here .

The artwork appeared on trollies at a US airport last year.

“The public deserves to know that behind every leather bag is a sensitive individual who died a painful death,” says PETA Vice President Elisa Allen. “Vegan leather doesn’t come with the emotional baggage of knowing an animal was killed for it, so PETA calls on everyone to consider the gentle cows who are carved up for leather and stick to cruelty-free carry-ons.”

A recent PETA exposé of the global leather industry found that animals are exposed to the elements and denied food and water during gruelling journeys to abattoirs, where their throats are slit while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. Turning animals’ skin into leather requires 130 different chemicals – including cyanide – and animal agriculture, which includes the leather industry, is one of the leading contributors to the climate catastrophe.

With the global vegan leather market expected to grow to over £35 billion by 2025, there are now more sustainably produced animal-free leather options than ever, including natural fabrics made from pineapple leaves, apples, and mushrooms.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence against other animals. For more information, please visit or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.


Sascha Camilli +44 020 7923 6244; [email protected].uk