DITCH LEATHER SHOES - CHOOSE VEGAN
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The list could go on! It’s actually not that hard finding vegan shoes. Most stores sell leather free shoes, but they aren’t labeled vegan unless it’s from a vegan company. Therefore, look for the word man-made, but make sure to understand footwear labels and symbols to be able to identify leather. Shoes can be a mix of man-made and leather. You can read more about it here. No need to buy leather when there are beautiful alternatives!
SO WHY SHOULD I DITCH LEATHER?
Did you know that much of the leather purchased is imported from India and China, where animal welfare laws are either non-existent or not enforced? Leather is normally not labeled, so you never really know where (or whom) it came from. Please watch the video The Skins Trade in India, and click here for more information. [The truth about leather]
Did you know leather harms the environment? Not only is the breeding and killing of animals for leather cruel in itself, but the chemicals used in the tanning process – including formaldehyde, chromium, arsenic, and cyanide-based dyes and finishes – pose serious threats to both the environment and human health. [Leather and environmental issues, Bangladesh’s leather pollutes environment and harms workers, Leather destroys the rainforest]
Did you know that leather isn’t a by-product, but a co-product of the meat industry? Because the profit margin is rather small on the sale of animal flesh (relatively speaking), most cattle exploiting companies are dependent upon the sale of hides to remain in business. Which begs the question, why do some vegetarians still wear leather?[The truth about leather: Wearing cruelty]Did you know that animals are conscious beings? In the U.S. (and other parts of the world), many of the millions of cows and other animals who are killed for their skin endure the horrors of factory farming—extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning—all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, animals routinely have their throats cut and some are even skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious. [Meat and leather industry]