A voice against Animal Slaughter
Leather is a fashion statement for many of us, but are we really aware about the harsh and dark realities that exist before it reaches us, in the form of a new pair of shoes, bag or belt? A large number cows, sheep, goats are tortured in unimaginable conditions and killed everyday, just for their skin, just for fashion.
A majority of them are slaughtered in developing countries like India, because the animal welfare laws here are just not- enforced. They are treated horribly, kept in deplorable conditions and exploited to their limit. In India, a shocking PETA investigation found that it is a common practice- for slaughterhouse workers to break the tails of cows and rub chili peppers and tobacco in their eyes, so that they can walk, even in an exhausted state, often to their final doom.
The irony is that the treatment of cows is amongst the cruelest right here in India; the same India that elevates the cow to the holiest of statuses. Sad, but true.
Sadly, the horror story, doesn’t end here. Since killing healthy young cattle is illegal in India, many slaughterhouses resort to deliberately cripple and maim them. These poor calves are not given food; their legs are broken; their spirits shattered. They are intentionally exposed to poison and other harmful substances to reduce their ability to survive. All so that they become the shiny new thing in our wardrobes.
The story of illegal slaughterhouses has become a political hot potato. The number of these hidden killing booths and their shocking & intensely inhumane practices are alarming the country. In addition by being part of the illegal trade, the black money generated is astronomical, which is further used to fund the greed and corruption in our society.
Each pair of leather shoes is often associated with a sad story of a poor animal who had no choice. But there is a silver lining, because we can choose for ourselves. We have a choice – and we can choose the humane way that acknowledges our part in this world. And our little choices can have big impacts.
And while we at Kanabis are all about the style and latest trends, what motivates us the most is that we are part of this choice. Slip into our Kanabis shoes and help make fashion a little more ethical with us 🙂