Target: Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz CEO
Goal: Demand Mercedes-Benz switch to faux leather for car interiors.
It’s no question that there has always been a correlation between wealth and animal cruelty, and Mercedes Benz has no problem taking advantage of that relationship. The company has noted that it takes four animals to make the interior of just one of their 2012 CLS’s. Mercedes-Benz needs to acknowledge the horrors of animal cruelty and stop using leather in their cars.
In the creation of leather, animals are skinned and murdered for their hides. Mercedes-Benz needs to sever its ties with animal cruelty and become a more animal friendly company by using faux leather. There are celebrities that proudly only buy faux leather and fur. Others would be just as proud to buy a product that contains faux leather in support of fair animal treatment.
For every 100 CLS’s Mercedes sells, 400 hundred animals die. Mercedes even provided more details saying, “the natural pore structure remains intact thanks to a light pigmentation, and the leather has an especially warm and soft feel to it. Premium leather requires a very precise manual selection process and therefore a high amount of raw leather.” Using animal skin to make cars is repulsive. By signing this petition you are calling on Mercedes-Benz to end its use of leather in the interior of their cars. The company needs to realize that lives are worth much more than the mere illusion of luxury.
Dear Dieter Zetsche,
The use of leather in Mercedes-Benzes must end. The pain and suffering forced upon an animal right before its murder only to create leather is inhumane. Previously your company stated that its takes four animals skins to create the interior of just one 2012 CLS. So for every 100 CLS’s just one dealership sells, 400 animals are being murdered. Your company shouldn’t be willing to sacrifice that many lives solely to provide a leather interior to your customers.
Animal cruelty is a serious problem in our world and Mercedes-Benz should be interested helping lessen the problem and the pain caused by it. There is a positive alternative to using leather inside of cars that would be beneficial to animals and not at all harming to consumers. Faux leather is created in a much less gruesome manner and can also be soft, smooth, and enjoyable as the interior of a car.
It is disturbing as a consumer to realize how many deaths is incorporated in the production of just one Mercedes-Benz. The deaths of thousands, if not millions or billions, of animals should not be the expense of a car’s interior. I am urging you to end the use of real leather for the interior of Mercedes Benz cars.
[Your Name Here]
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