Stop Killing and Mutilating Animals for Leather

Target: Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture, Brazil

Goal: Halt leather production that subjects animals to abuse and death and destroys the environment.

Most often leather is seen as a byproduct of animal farming, but in truth, animal hide contributes directly to the profitability of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Comparatively, a cow’s hide is worth much more than its flesh.

Worldwide, the leather trade sees over one billion animals killed from cows to horses, pigs, goats, and even non-livestock animals like cats, dogs, and fish. Because leather is not typically labeled or regulated, you cannot know for sure which kind of animal you are wearing. Most leather comes from countries where animal welfare laws are not enforced or do not exist. Cows, for example, are bred for their hides are forced to live in factory farming conditions with extreme deprivation and overcrowding. Animals have to endure sadistic abuse for leather including having their faces branded, being dragged through mud and feces, and being skinned while still conscious. One of the most disturbingly common forms of leather used in luxury items is taken from newborn or even unborn calves and lambs.

Not only does leather production inflict cruelty on animals, it also harms and kills humans, and destroys vital ecosystems. A pivotal Greenpeace report showed how the Brazilian cattle industry was the major cause of global deforestation, accountable for more than 15% of the world’s destruction of precious woodlands. Brazilian leather is also part of the supply chain of major global brands, of which numerous factories accept leathers from cattle raised on illegally cleared land.

Raising animals for their skins has a devastating impact on our environment with its production causing the majority of pollution. Tanning, which makes leather more durable, causes significant harm. With Brazil in the position as the leading global exporter of tanned leather, the country is responsible for poisoning a large part of our planet. Many of the routinely used chemicals during tanning are extremely carcinogenic and endanger the health of the workers in tanneries. They are most often of low socio-economic status and are exposed to serious risks in their workplace including labor rights violations such as forced labor, child labor, and wage theft. With poor environmental protection, most waste water and solid waste from the tanning process is also legally poured into rivers, destroying nearby fauna and flora. Rivers that are contaminated with tanning waste products are ranked amongst the world’s most toxic places, alongside Chernobyl.

Leather is a horrible product that causes severe harm to animals, people, and the environment. Sign this petition to ban the production of leather in Brazil to end the abuse of millions of animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Cristina,

The leather production in Brazil is accountable for the death of millions of animals every year, and endangers people and the environment, but continues at a rapid pace.

Brazil alone is the reason for more than 15% of deforestation in the world. The laws in your country do not stop the leather industry from illegally clearing land to raise cattle for their hides.

Tanning leather is the number one cause for environmental pollution. Waste products are carelessly poured into rivers and lakes, with devastating consequences for the environment. Workers in factories are subjected to toxic chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic, yet tanning is a common practice to increase the leather’s value.

The lives of animals are precious and should not be taken for human gain, especially when ethical alternatives exist. Prohibit leather production in Brazil, and value animals’ skins on their bodies and not yours.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Annette Teng




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39 Comments

  1. STOP KILLING ALL AMIMALS FOR SENSELESS ACTS OF CRUELTY IMMEDIATELY!!! ALL BELTS made for ALL HUMANS should NEVER BE MADE OUT OF ANIMALS SKIN!!!!!!

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This barbaric practice must end. There are faux leather alternatives available which are beautiful, durable and cruelty free.

  3. Rena Van Steeel says:

    This is so disgusting. I will never purchase meat or leather again. So many alternatives than leather. Brazil,..get your shit together and STOP THIS MADNESS.

  4. Elease M. Bradford says:

    I’m an animal lover, esp. dogs and I find it heartbreaking and repulsive the way that animals are abused and slaughtered for their skins. I agree that killing animals for their skins should be abolished. These innocent animals don’t deserve this kind of treatment. They deserve to live out their lives with peace and compassion.

  5. Animal abusers globally, must have the mandatory death penalty performed on them. We need to and together globally to enforce this procedure!

  6. All animal abusers must have the mandatory death penalty implemented ,enabling a slow and agonising death!

  7. Jaime Perez says:

    Animals are not ours to mistreat or abuse for fashion. We need to stop eating them too!

  8. Brazil, India, China, the U.S.A., Canada, U.K. Pakistan and hundreds of other countries are all doing the same thing – skinning off animals, birds, reptiles and other living creatures to make profits, satisfy the vanity of men and women and destroying the delicate ecological balance of the earth. This industry uses millions of gallons of water, chemicals, and other agents that poison this earth. I think people mindset must change and practice thrift and compassion to all living creatures.

  9. Please, please, please for the love of God please stop this senseless cruelty!!!

    Get people in these horrible jobs other options so they don’t do this as their only option.

    Educate, educate, educate these people and give them other options and just ban this shit from happening!! This is hell on earth for these poor defenseless innocent sentient animals.

  10. Agree all comments . These bastards should be skinned alive how can these Countries allow this fucken cruelty . No animals need to go through this shit. STOP THIS NOW.

  11. Julia Edinger says:

    END “EVIL TREATMENT” TO GOD’S PRECIOUS ANIMALS ,,,,,ASAP‼️
    ABUSERS DESERVE TO BE “SEVERELY PUNISHED” ‼️

  12. STOP killing and exploiting the animals!!!
    KILL ALL ABUSERS INSTEAD, BECAUSE they are DESENSITIZED, DEHUMANIZED, SADISTIC and PSYCHOPATHIC MONSTERS WHO DESTROY THE BEAUTY and DIVERSITY OF OUR PRECIOUS EARTH!!
    TERMINATE THEM ALL because they DON’t DESERVE this Planet!!!!

  13. Paula Morgan says:

    Humans are not only eating everything into extinction but using up animals when it isn’t necessary. Two million kangaroos killed annually just for Nike alone? Companies raise and kill alligators but most just take animals from the wild to create their costly products. We have so many man made materials to use like bamboo for instance. We can grow bamboo but we can not replace all these lost animals for shoes and handbags, jackets, etc. We seriously need to stand up and step in to show these companies their abuse of animals will not be tolerated any longer. If we need to push that point home then we show the world why they shouldn’t purchase their products and why. Nothing hits home like a red bottom line! It can be done.

  14. SKIN ALL THESE EVIL BASTARDS ALIVE!!!!!!
    ONLY PSYCOPATHS TORTURE AND MURDER ANIMALS!!!!
    THEY DO IT TO PEOPLE TOO!!!
    BURN IN HELL ALL YOU SCUM!! EVIL INBREEDS!!!!!!
    POOR ANIMALS XXXXXXXX

  15. Iris Owens says:

    I truly believe that some humans are born without hearts and souls. How humans can be so incredibly heartless and cruel to innocent, defenceless, helpless animals is beyond comprehension. I wish we could do the same to these cruel cowards as they do to these sweet animals. I guess killing a small animal makes them feel like big men when we all know they are nothing but sniveling little cowards.

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