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Hell for leather

The leather industry is brutal and cruel — but with a new wave of alternatives, is it finally out of fashion?

As vegans, we do our best to help other people open their eyes to the cruelty on their plates, but it isn’t just what we eat that is causing unthinkable pain to our animal friends and damage to the environment. We spoke to PETA director, Elisa Allen, to find out why leather causes so much harm and the new innovations ending the industry.

Leather is a lucrative co-product, not a mere by-product, of the meat industry, as the skin can account for up to 50 per cent of the animal’s economical value. Leather production is a major contributor to the depletion of water, fossil fuels and pastureland as well as to climate change — this is a consequence of the methane gas released into the atmosphere by the cows, goats, sheep, and other animals exploited by the global leather industry.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our April issue. This month we’ve spent a lot of time discussing advocacy at Vegan Life HQ. The internet has undeniably had a huge impact on spreading the vegan message and our cover star, Monami Frost, is one person who uses her platform for good. She tells us why vegans don’t have to compromise and shares her top tips for advocating online. We were lucky enough to talk to Rich Hardy, now head of campaigns at Veganuary, who has spent 20 years working undercover to expose animal cruelty — putting himself in risky and potentially dangerous situations to share the stories of so many voiceless animals. It was great to catch up with Bob from ETHCS to see how the departure of Tim Shieff has changed things for the vegan brand. They’re so passionate about making ethical and vegan clothing easy and accessible to buy, and also have some exciting plans coming up. Tony Galuidi has written a thought provoking piece on how to approach advocacy — it sparked a big office debate, so we rolled the question out to our readers — should we be more supportive of those cutting down meat, but not cutting it out? Read what was said. Have a great month,

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