The Process of Making Leather

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The process of making leather products is very gruesome and inhumane. 1. What is leather and the demand?
2. How the animals are treated at the slaughter house
3. How the animals are killed

INTRODUCTION

1. What is leather and the demand?

According to The Vegan Society “leather is a general term for an animal skin which has been chemically processed, or ‘tanned’, to make it resistant to decay.”

Making leather is a lengthy process but it is viewed as being worth the hassle, for leather products are always in high demand. According to The Vegan Society “ The European leather industry produces a quarter of the worlds leather.” They have over 52,000 employees. The collective value of world leather production has been projected at close to 28 billion dollars.

With that being said, it is very evident that we as consumers buy a great amount of leather yearly.

Furthermore, “The primary use of leather is in the manufacture of footwear, which consumes approximately 65% of all leather produced. Each year an estimated 11 billion pairs of leather shoes are manufactured, with a gross wholesale value in the region of 94.7 billion”.

According to the website, Animal for clothing, the most common animal used for leather production are cows, pigs, sheep’s Kangaroos and goats.

2. How the animals are treated at the Slaughter house.

According to the Peta website, nine billion animals are sent to slaughter houses every year across the world. A slaughter house is a factory which is strictly built to kill any animal for products such as leather, wool and fur.

According to Peta’s website, most of our leather prodcuts are produced in India and China. Unfortunately, in China, there are no welfare laws which can prevent slaughter houses from treating the animals inhumanly.

Furthermore, “ In India, a PETA investigation found workers break cows tails and rub chili pepers and tobacco into their eyes in order to force them to get up and walk...
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