14 Things the Leather Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

The Monsters Among Us


1. Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals.

2. If you’re wearing leather, it probably came from China or India.

Indian Leather Cows on Truck

In China, there are no penalties for abusing animals on farms.

3. Along with cattle, other animals—including sheep, dogs, and cats—are killed for their skin in China.

Dogs in Cramped Cage

Cats Thrown from Truck

Dog and cat leather is often intentionally mislabeled, so you could be wearing dog leather and not even know it.

4. In India animals fare no better.

Indian Leather Cows in Truck

India’s animal-protection laws are also rarely enforced.

5. In India, cows are forced to march for days—without food or water—to their own deaths.

Dragging Indian Leather Cow

6. Cattle who collapse from exhaustion have their tails broken or chili peppers rubbed into their eyes in order to force them to keep moving.

Rubbing Chili Pepper into Cow's Eye


7. There’s virtually no way to tell where leather comes from.

Animals Used for Leather

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