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THE ‘LEFTOVER’ LEATHER LIE

We expose the barbaric industry which is stealing animal skin in the name of fashion

Shoes, cars, belts, bags, clothing, furniture — leather is everywhere. It is a product which has become synonymous with luxury and quality and at times it feels impossible to avoid.

There seems to be a consensus that leather isn’t all that bad. The various industries involving animal products have created many successful campaigns over the years, to convince consumers that animal welfare is of the utmost importance and that to be healthy we must consume animal products. But perhaps their most successful piece of propaganda is the one regarding leather as a leftover product.

The belief that leather is merely a byproduct of the farming industry, and one which we should not let go to waste, is a widespread idea, sometimes even from the most informed of animal rights activists.

We live in a money-hungry, capitalist society which means that money and profit become the bottom line of decision-making. The leather industry is no different from any other. It may project the notion that it is a necessary part of reducing waste, but that simply isn’t true. Buying into the leather trade involves cruelty, just like with any of the other animal agricultural sectors.

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No matter how old I get, September makes me want to visit a stationery shop to buy a new notebook, an Oxford mathematics tin and sharpen all of my pencils. I always loved school and September marks the beginning of another year of learning; there is nothing better, in my opinion, than a shiny pencil case full of new pens, highlighters and a bright, pristine rubber. It’s been years since I was at school but I still love learning and learn something new every day – especially as a vegan, where your eyes are opened to hard truths regularly. So, in this month’s issue, we are having a back to school special where we look into chick hatching programmes, animal-friendly entertainment for children and some incredible packed lunch ideas that will have the other parents begging you for the recipes. I am also excited to share a collection of interviews with vegan athletes who are committed to showing the world that you don’t need to consume animal products to be at the top of your game. To accompany our interviews, our talented in-house chef has created some delicious recipes to power you before or after exercising without compromising on taste. My particular favourite is the deliciously simple key lime pie power balls which are, frankly, awesome. After such incredible feedback following our adoption special last month, we are tackling another controversial topic and are exploring invasive species – non-native plants and animals which now call the UK their home – and the prejudice that some invasives are encountering for merely following their natural instincts. We also take an in depth look at the process and impacts of the leather industry. This article would be perfect to share with friends and family who may still think that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Finally, we met with the beautiful Lucy Watson to discuss the launch of her book and what veganism means to her. She was honest, open and incredibly chatty - the perfect interviewee.
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