WHAT'S WRONG WITH LEATHER? Leather may be made from cows, pigs, goats, and sheep; exotic animals like alligators, ostriches, and kangaroos; and even
dogs and cats, who are slaughtered for their meat and skins in China, which exports their skins around the world. Since leather
is normally not labeled, you never really know where (or whom) it came from.
Most of the millions of animals slaughtered
for their skin endure the horrors of factory farming before being shipped to slaughter, where many are skinned alive. Buying
leather directly contributes to factory farms and slaughterhouses since skin is the most economically important byproduct
of the meat-packing industry. Leather is also no friend of the environment since it shares all the environmental destruction
of the meat industry, in addition to the toxins used in tanning.
With every pair of leather shoes that you buy, you
sentence an animal to a lifetime of suffering. Instead, you can choose from hundreds of styles of nonleather shoes, clothing,
belts, bags, and wallets. Fashion should be fun, not fatal!