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PETA is notoriously known for taking drastic measures to advocate for the rights of animals everywhere. From throwing fake blood on fur sporting celebrities to interrupting book signings with a flash protest, their means are quite extreme.
The conditions of these leather farms are less than ethical
Whether a vast majority of individuals agree with their mission or not, one thing is certain; the ruthless abuse of animals for commercial or personal gain is wrong. Yearly, over one billion animals are killed to support the leather trade.
Species such as cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs are most commonly captured for economic usage. The conditions of these leather farms are less than ethical. Issues such as overcrowding, deprivation, branding, and overall abuse are prevalent.
In addition, finished leather contains tainted products such as formaldehyde, mineral salts, and even cyanide-based oils. Essentially, the bags and shoes that we commonly wear are filled with unmentionable hazardous materials.
Social media has brutally revealed the true inner-workings of animal-based factories
The idea behind preserving animals goes far beyond not consuming them. The integrity of the animals is taken into account, which directly relates to how they are raised. With the popularity of cage-free, free-range, and other trendy labels becoming prevalent, it’s no wonder that our society is becoming environmentally conscious.
Not to mention, social media has brutally revealed the true inner-workings of animal-based factories across the world. This has made consumers think twice before purchasing fast food, certain clothing, and even supporting specific brands.
Unfortunately, a vast majority of these findings exposed the dark realities of leather tanning factories.
Research has proven that factories of this sort directly impact the health quality of humans.
Bangladesh has reportedly 200 leather tanneries but no real sewage system
A 2013 study found that leather factory workers in Bangladesh were exposed to so much formaldehyde and extreme lead levels, their average life expectancy is 50 years. To make matters worse, Swedish and Italian tannery workers are more likely to develop cancer by 50%.
Companies that operate overseas or in rural areas lack waste-disposal systems that safely eliminate chemicals and unwanted materials. Bangladesh has reportedly 200 leather tanneries but no real sewage system. This results in the waste being discharged into local water sources.