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there are a lot of good reasons why animal leather has to be banned:
The global leather industry processes the hides of more than 1.4 billion animals each year. The main species slaughtered for leather products are cows, calves, sheep and goats. However, a lot of other species are used for “more exotic leather products” – these include ostriches, zebras, kangaroos, elephants, turtles and many more.
Bangladesh is one of the largest exporters of leather goods. Due to the low production costs and the miserable legal situation, the country is unfortunately becoming increasingly popular for fashion companies. Knee-deep, children there have to tan cowhides in toxic broths, which are then sold worldwide as leather bags, shoes and other products.
More than 80 percent of the leather traded worldwide is preserved with the reactive heavy metal chromium. Other chemicals are used to prepare and finish the hides. Working with acids and alkalis can cause chronic skin diseases and even cancer. The chemicals used are spilled into surrounding rivers and tanneries’ wastewater, causing them to become highly polluted.