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The Leather Industry

Contrary to popular belief, leather is NOT a by-product of the meat industry. While the hides of beef cattle are indeed used for leather, the leather industry is worth millions every year.

Leather is animal skin
that's been chemically treated (tanned) to prevent rotting and degradation.

Cattle hide is the most commonly used, but other hides include lamb, pig, sheep, goat, deer, ostrich (popular among fashion designers, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada), kangaroo, snake, crocodile, alligator, even sting ray (used mainly in Thailand). Leather is used in the production of shoes, wallets, gloves, handbags, belts, and saddles.

What’s wrong with leather?
Contrary to popular belief, leather is NOT a by-product of the meat industry. While the hides of beef cattle are indeed used for leather, the leather industry is worth millions every year. If you buy leather, you are contributing to the suffering of innocent non-human animals.

Can you imagine living only to be killed and have your skin torn off to cover someone’s feet? Not only is leather morally unacceptable in terms of animal rights, the toxic chemicals used during and released after the tanning process cause a staggering amount of damage to the environment, and to the people involved.

The chemicals used to tan leather have been proven to be carcinogenic-this causes chronic health problems among tanners. These chemicals are then released, untreated, into streams and rivers, wreaking havoc on wildlife and poisoning drinking water.

There is absolutely no justification for wearing leather. Leather causes just as much suffering as meat, and it’s unacceptable to continue wearing it in an age where countless alternatives exist.

Boycott Leather

It is very important to make sure you never buy real leather. Most people think of leather in terms of clothing, like shoes and jackets. But leather can be found in anything from glasses cases to cars, so be aware with every purchase. If it looks real, smells real, and has this symbol (insert leather symbol), then it is.
If you’re looking for a leather alternative, there are lots of widely available options to choose from in Ireland and online. Contact us if you need some help or have any questions, and we can advise you on where to buy what you’re looking for – no matter where you live!

Veganline

Veganline.com’s site is only 15 years old. When set-up in about 1998, there were no Paypal buttons available and merchant accounts were rare.

Vegan Shoes

We have come a long way since Veggie Shoes first started in 1990. When I started the business back then I made all the shoes by hand. 

Vegan Chic

We’re focused on bringing vegan fashion mainstream. We’re proud to be 100% vegan, while never losing our focus on quality and style.

Animals are not ours to wear. There is NO excuse.

Leather is

For more information about the leather industry,
check out Hetty and Sam: The truth about leather

So, what are we doing about it?

Protests

Even when we are protesting fur shops, we make it clear that we are equally as opposed to leather, wool and silk too. As soon as we get real fur out of Ireland, leather is next on the list. Are you ready to join the campaign? Email us now!

Awareness

A lot of people assume leather is just a by-product of the meat industry, when it is also a separate industry in itself. Regardless, wearing the skin of another living being is unethical, and unacceptable. We Raise awareness through vegan outreach.

Lobbying

The government needs to shift from animal agriculture and animal industries to vegan, ethical alternatives. We put pressure on government bodies, encouraging them to offer farmers incentives to switch to cruelty-free employment instead.

The Toxic Price of Leather

Sean Gallagher is a British photographer and filmmaker based in Beijing, China. He has lived and worked in Asia for over a decade, often spending months in the field travelling across the continent documenting its most important environmental, social and cultural issues.

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CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.

CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

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