Leather can be made from the skin of cows, pigs, goats, kangaroos, alligators, ostriches and even dogs and cats. Buying leather directly contributes to factory farms, abattoirs and the slaughter of innocent animals because skin is the most economically important co-product of the meat industry.
Cows skin in Australia is peeled off them in slaughterhouses using a machine called a "Hide-Puller". Then their flesh is used for human consumption. So Leather really is a part of the meat industry.
The majority of leather that is sold in Australia is treated with a dangerous chemical called Chromium. The skin of animals are placed into a vat of toxic Chromium Salt slush then transferred to another vat containing tanning liquor.
1000kgs of tanned skin typically results in 20 to 80 cubic meters of toxic wastewater with Chromium concentrations around 250mg/L. This is highly dangerous and is an extreme risk to humans and the environment. Even in full modernised and carefully managed facilities, it is nearly impossible to reclaim all of the pollutants generated by the tanning process.
Wearing or using leather can have a detrimental affect on your health as Chromium processed leather can cause dermatitis, eczema and skin problems.
Slink leather is what the industry calls the skin from unborn calves that have been cut out of their mothers stomachs on the killing floor of a slaughterhouse. Cows are sometimes sent to slaughter while they are pregnant because the industry also uses that unborn calf for things like "fetal calf serum" and slink leather.
On an Australian "meat processing" website, they say the following.....
"Slinks are graded for size, with large measuring greater than 45 centimetres across the belly and small less than 45 centimetres.
After grading slinks are packed raw into shipping cartons and hard frozen."
Slink Leather is mainly used for gloves and "luxury" items because it's so expensive.
- Please check out these links to find out more -
Animal Liberation NSW - Leather.
Animals Australia - The Truth About Leather.
PETA - The Leather Industry.
YouTube - Leona Lewis talks to PETA about Leather.
YouTube - What leather "really" looks like at a Tannery in Melbourne.
To live a kind and compassionate life, please buy non-leather vegan items from the shops listed.
The important words to find on labels are "all man-made materials" and "synthetic".
VEGAN LEATHER ALTERNATIVE LIST
BAGS, WALLETS, PURSES, BELTS AND ACCESSORIES
ETHICAL GALLERY - www.ethicalgallery.com.au
ETIKO - www.etiko.com.au
FLORA AND FAUNA - www.floraandfauna.com.au
JAMES AND CO. - www.jamesandco.boutique
KIND CHOICES - www.kindchoices.com.au
LOUENHIDE - www.louenhide.com.au
LOVE CHILD - www.thelovechild.com.au
MATT & NAT - www.mattandnat.com
MOHOP - www.mohop.com
NINA BERNICE - www.ninabernice.com
ORANGE ORANGES - www.orangeoranges.com.au
PIMPOS - www.pimpos.com.au
PLEATHERSMITH - www.pleathersmith.com.au
POPPY LISSIMAN - www.poppylissiman.com
SASSY DUCK - www.sassyduck.com.au
SCARLETT BAGS - www.scarlettbags.com.au
THE CRUELTY FREE SHOP - www.crueltyfreeshop.com.au
THE V SPOT - www.thevspot.com.au
THEA & THEOS - www.thea-theos.com
URBAN ORIGINALS - www.uo.com.au
VEGAN STYLE - www.veganstyle.com.au
VEGAN WARES - www.veganwares.com
VELVETY - www.velvety.com.au
Big W, Target, Kmart, Spend-Less Shoes, Famous Footwear, Rubi Shoes, Rivers.
(All of these stores stock non-leather (synthetic) shoes. They cannot confirm the glue is not of animal-origin because they use hundreds of different suppliers. But the use of glue of animal origin is quite rare now and it's very rarely used.)
ADIDAS. STELLA MCCARTNEY- www.adidas.com.au
ARCOPEDICO - www.arcopedico.com.au
ASICS - www.asics.com/au/en-au/
CHARLIE BUTLER - www.charliebutler.shoes
DR MARTENS - www.drmartens.com
MELISSA SHOES - www.mdreamsmelissa.shoes
MERRELL AUSTRALIA - www.merrellaustralia.com.au
MIZUNA - www.mizuno.com.au
PASSION FOR SHOES - www.passionforshoes.com.au
STELLA MCCARTNEY. DAVID JONES. www.shop.davidjones.com.au
TOMS VEGAN RANGE - www.toms.com/australia
VANS - www.vans.com/shop/tag/vegan
TIME IV CHANGE (Donates a percentage to charity) - www.timeivchange.com.au