Veganism contains many different aspects- an important one of which is clothing. This means that when one chooses to give up food obtained from animal agriculture, they should do the same for what they wear, for instance, leather.
So what makes the leather industry something opposing animal rights? Let’s explore what exactly is meant by the brutality of the leather industry.
It is not unknown that animals are slaughtered for the purpose of clothing, but the fact that a monstrous number of over a billion animals are being tortured and killed for leather may be esoteric. Regardless of the animal used, the practice itself calls for barbarity. In India, buffaloes are primarily exploited since it is illegal to kill healthy cows. However, empathy for animals lacks so greatly that cows are intentionally tortured (their legs are cut off or they are poisoned) so that they can be declared fit for slaughter.
All animals are extremely intelligent creatures. They are capable of forming relationships, performing complex tasks and even mourning deaths, yet their lives are reduced to nothing but a potential bag or belt.
Below are some ways in which animals experience torment:
1) During transport, they are made to fit into spaces extremely small and are piled one on top of the other resulting in injuries. They also experience the searing heat with no relief.
2) When an animal collapses due to exhaustion, a common practice is to rub their eyes with chili powder or salt, cut off their tails or beat them.
3) These animals are made to do ‘death marches’ for miles and miles in the heat. They are tied together with ropes running through their noses. During these marches, they are beaten mercilessly.
4) When at the slaughterhouse, each animal must watch the other dying. The workers hurl abuses at them and slaughter them while the animal screams in pain. Many leather industries work so heartlessly that the animal is skinned alive without even being stunned.
5) Apart from this, the animals are castrated, branded and de-horned (All being extremely painful processes).
Leather production is not just polluting, it has other detrimental environmental effects such as resource depletion. To be specific, leather tanneries are known for their dumping of waste into rivers. These pollutants have caused major disease outbreaks and killed many marine animals.
Clearly, avoiding leather is the more humane thing to do. The production of leather inflicts harm on not just animals, but humans as well. So, it is essential to avoid materials like leather and instead, switch to other synthetic, cruelty-free and eco-friendly substitutes.
For a complete list of cruelty-free clothing brands, visit https://voicelessindia.org/vegan-city-wise-resources.
Let’s do our part for the biosphere, and avoid the offspring of cruelty and pollution!