DITCH THE LEATHER
THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD DITCH LEATHER
Hey Splurgers! Today I’m here to talk about a rather serious subject which I’m immensely passionate about.
Use of Leather and other animal products such as suede, shearling, and fur are extremely despised by me and I avoid them at all times. What baffles me is that people are usually against fur but have no issues when other forms of skins are used in the fashion industry. Leather, suede, shearling are too made of animal skins, and that should be a no-brainer!
Also what bewilders me is the fact that people get petrified when they learn that dogs and cats get sacrificed to make leather out of them but it’s totally okay if their leather is coming from a cow, buffalo or a crocodile.
In fact, not just them, but other animals like cattle, calves, sheep, lambs, goats, pigs, zebras, bison, kangaroos, elephants, alligators, ostriches, lizards, and snakes are also abused for their skin!
Leather is one fashion statement that we can all easily manage without.
One common misconception that people always have is that leather is not unethical as it’s a by-product of the meat trade! I hate to break it to you but animals are killed both for meat as well as their skin.
This practice is obviously isn’t only harmful to the animals but is also harmful to the environment and the workers in the tannery industry because of their exposure to very toxic chemicals that are used in the processing of leather.
According to Peta’s website, Most of the leather in the U.S. comes from India, where people force cows to march hundreds of miles in the heat without food or water. Sometimes, people break their tails and rub chili peppers and tobacco into their eyes in order to force them to get back up after they’ve collapsed from exhaustion. In the slaughterhouse, workers typically tie the terrified cows’ feet together, cut their throats, and tear off their skin. Cows are sometimes still alive and kicking when their skin is peeled off—all for a stupid jacket.
Polyurethane, polyester, and PVC are good alternatives to go for! Then why bring animals into the equation at all?
All you have to do is check the label stitched on the inside of the clothing to know what the composition of it is! It’s that simple!
Animals deserve better than to be turned into a handbag, shoe or a piece of clothing! They’re living beings just like us that have the right to live and have the capacity to feel pain.
Jacket by: H&M (composition: 100% polyester and polyurethane)
Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Street Style Store