Ever imagined being in this situation? No, because it is not the human race. We are all too busy thinking about our own-selves and our family. We have no time to think about the ones who are giving up their lives for our comfort, the animals, who are treated brutally to give away their lives, their birth right.
There are a lot of factors that are needed to be brought into notice. Some are the following:
ANIMAL CRUELTY :
- Animals are made to march for days without any food or water to where they are supposed to be slaughtered.
- Unable to survive, most of them get exhausted and stop.
- When stopped, either their tails are cut off or their eyes are rubbed with red chilli powder to get them started.
- When crocodiles’ skins are cut, the process of killing them is not done properly, for which when the process is done they shiver with pain.
- Cow, the most sacred animal of India is getting slaughtered for this process. Now, isn’t that great!!
Every year, a billion of animals are killed for their skins and hides.
When the average milk production rate of the cows decrease, they are taken to be slaughtered for their skins. The newly born calves are raised only for their expensive calve skins.
India and China are booming in leather market to provide exotics so nicely that one day we’ll left with exotics alone and that’s not so cool, right?
Remember, India is known for its handicraft export all around the world which stood for US$ 3 billion to US$ 4 billion? But now it’s exporting US$ 4.72 billion of leather every year! Well you don’t need to worry about that because it’s just an article and we all like to sit and watching things getting worse!
- The leather manufacturing process: preparatory stages, tanning and crusting
- The preparatory stages are when the hide/skin is prepared for tanning. During the preparatory stages many of the unwanted raw skin components are removed. Many options for pretreatment of the skin exist. Not all of the options may be performed. It includes processes like preservation, soaking, frizzing, bleaching, etc.
- Tanning is the process that converts the protein of the raw hide or skin into a stable material which will not putrefy and is suitable for a wide variety of end applications. A large number of different tanning methods and materials can be used; the choice is ultimately dependent on the end application of the leather. The most commonly used tanning material is chromium, which leaves the leather, once tanned, a pale blue colour (due to the chromium), this product is commonly called “wet blue”.
- Crusting is when the hide/skin is thinned, retanned and lubricated. Often a colouring operation is included in the crusting sub-process. The chemicals added during crusting have to be fixed in place. The culmination of the crusting sub-process is the drying and softening operations. It includes wetting back, shaving, neutralisation, dying, filling, drying, conditioning, etc.
Dragged a thousand miles to remoteness
Made to thrive with hunger and thirst
Making your pain nothing but worst
You cannot speak
You cannot shout for anyone, to at least take a peek.
People that you see are in the same dungeon
Tied and chained, beaten up with bludgeon.
Soon you see your mates being taken
Their skin cut down but they have not lost their breathe by then.
You see them shivering with pain
Hoping for some mercy to rain.
Slowly they take their last breathe
And you know you are the next.
You close your eyes
Gulping up all your cries.
You know this the end
And there is no escape.
Leather can be obtained from any animal, it is not mandatory to get it from cows or alligators. Since there is no proper source for the general consumers to know, any animal skin can be used as leather.
As mentioned earlier, on an average rate every year 1 billion animals are slaughtered for their skins.
Major industries making profit out of it are the dairy industry and the meat industries.
Now there are companies who have stopped using animal leathers and produce them in various ways:
- Ananas Anam: It is making a leather-like material from the fibres of pineapple leaves, which are a by-product of pineapple harvest.
- Bio-Culture: Here, they all started by growing bacteria in a bathtub with sweet green tea.
- Green Banana Paper: Their methods are also sustainable since they use banana leaves that would otherwise go to waste post-harvest.
- The manufacturing of animal products for human consumption (meat and dairy products) or for other human needs (leather), leads inevitably to the production of waste.
- In slaughterhouses: the animals are reared, fattened and transported to the slaughterhouses. After processing, the meat is stored before it is transported to retail outlets.
- The “preceding” activities produce manure etc. while for storage and transport, cooling facilities are needed. This puts a heavy claim on energy sources.
- Chrome tanned leather and leather products contain about 2-3% of dry weight chromium which is very harmful.
- Slaughterhouse wastes are a potential reservoir of bacterial, viral, prion and parasitic pathogens, capable of infecting both animals and humans.
VALUES OF ANIMALS:
Even though these animals are unable to express themselves, still these animals give away their lives and everything without asking for anything to repay them. It is an expression of gratitude and giving nature which even being taught for years, we humans are unable to follow it in every sphere of our lives.
LIVESTOCK NEEDS TO BE STOPPED:
Any creature when born have the right to live as long as they do. Nobody has any right to take away somebody’s life, be it a human or an animal. In livestock, that is what is done, killing of creatures. Even these animals have their rights to live till they have a normal death as a human does, they are also a creature, they also have the same basic needs as us, rather lesser. That much of their rights must be given to them.
As mentioned above in the “WAYS TO OBTAIN IT” there are alternative methods that are already been initiated by few companies. If it can be followed by all it will really be a major prosper.
– Synthetic leather made with TPU Elastollan
– Polyvinyl chloride leather
– Polyurethane (material made leather)