Recently on a trip to Thailand, I was appalled at the rampant display of leather products. Shoes, bags, wallets, belts, watches, fashion accessories – everything was made from animal skin. Crocodile, snake, cow, goat, sting ray – the list was endless. There were even keychains being made with cured baby crocodile heads. They say that even cat and dog skin come into this market from China.
How can we, the lay consumers differentiate between them anyway? Why are we as a race so obsessed with animal products? Especially when there is so much torture and cruelty involved in procuring them? You might want to take a look at this video here http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/03/warning-graphic-video-exposes-the-cruel-truth-behind-designer-leather-like-louis-vuitton/?mc_cid=ce428720e0&mc_eid=dc988cda4e
Do we want all this pain on our collective conscience? Yes, our forefathers did use animal skin. But there were no options to protect them from the elements in those days. And neither were there animal factories of this kind. They killed an animal for food and then used its skin. Today, we have so many options that are just as aesthetic and functional as leather. What’s more, a lot of these are upcycled products that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. What stops us from making these intelligent choices that are cruelty-free as well as kind to the environment? Let us not shut our eyes to this travesty committed in the name of vanity. We consumers have the power to change the tide with our preferences. Take the pledge to condemn animal products and choose upcycled products wherever possible. Lets re-imagine a better world, starting today!