Because it’s called “leather” we sometimes forget that our belts, shoes, furniture, clothing and car linings were literally the skin of an individual who desperately wanted not to be killed and needed their skin to live, just like we all do.
Our demand for leather and other animal products perpetuates the mass breeding and killing of countless billions of animals all over the world.
On top of that, while we don’t know if this is the case in this image, many animals are indeed skinned and slaughtered alive while still conscious.
Of course, even if they weren’t (although many of them are), animals value their own lives and do not want to be killed. Therefore, killing any animal who desperately wanted not to be killed can never be “humane” and necessarily involves imposing fear, harm and suffering.
And we are kidding ourselves if we believe there’s any practical way to take billions upon billions of living, breathing, feeling individuals and convert them into “products” like meat, leather, etc. year-after-year, without that process involving nothing short of the worst horror show imaginable (which is the inevitable outcome of producing such a huge volume of animal products to meet the ever ballooning demand of our growing human population, now at 7.6 billion and still growing).
Using animals for food, clothing and other purposes is ubiquitous, powerfully normalized, and still seems “benign” and “harmless” to many in our society. We are mindlessly exploiting and butchering countless billions of animals for things we simply don’t need. This is a tragedy of immense proportions, and we believe it needs to stop YESTERDAY.
Please don’t support animal exploitation and cruelty by not consuming or using animal products (i.e., GO VEGAN). In addition to being the very least we owe to other animals, living vegan happens to also be very healthy and one of the best things you can do for the environment.