There is only the truth, and it shall set you free.

Most people do not condone cruelty to animals and have a hard time seeing images, watching videos or even hearing about what is happening to the animals. Yet, every day they support and participate in cruelty by disengaging, looking the other way, not wanting to speak out, which allows these rampant atrocities to continue to occur. The facts are the facts, the images below are not for shock value, these abuses are happening to these beings and they need you to see the truth.

These animals suffer unimaginable depths of cruelty as they live their entire lives tortured and then are murdered. They all cry, scream, kick and fight for their life. All atrocities being committed on animals are completely 100% unnecessary.

Over 2 billion dollars a year is spent convincing you otherwise. The mainstream public has been brainwashed by carefully constructed marketing campaigns to perceive eating animals as natural, nutritious and healthy, and wearing them as a status symbol of wealth, quality, sexiness, coolness and luxury. Meanwhile the actuality of the abuses is kept well hidden from society’s view. Do you know where any slaughterhouses or tanneries are? Probably not. These industries thrive on lies and profit from the suffering of sentient beings.

The animal kingdom is here for their own purposes, of which is not for humans to eat, wear, or use in any way.
Everything is connected, every being connected to the other, as one suffers every being suffers. Human ignorance is not their bliss.

Please educate yourself and then spread the word to free yourself, the animals, save our shared habitat and evolve mankind’s collective consciousness.

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The Story of Leather:

Leather is not a by- product of the meat and dairy industry. Animal skins turned into leather are a $1.5 Billion dollar industry, which directly supports factory farming/ slaughter houses by accounting for 25% of their profits. The meat and dairy industry is not only heavily subsidized in the US by the government, but with meat consumption dropping since the 1970s, the profit from the sale of animal skins is essential to their business.

Animal Treatment:

The animals raised for food and stripped for their hides, are seen as economic units, not the ssentient beings they are and suffer cruel abuse their entire life. They are forcefully bred in overcrowded hideously filthy, disease ridden, factory farms where they live in confinement and are subject to beatings, electric shock, forcibly impregnated, endure painful mutilations without pain relief such as castration, branding, dehorning, tails being cut off or broken, teeth removed, testicles ripped out, and harmful hormone and antibiotic injections. They suffer not only these physical abuses but mental as well, they are taken away from their mothers at birth and develop neurotic behaviors due to confinement and torture.

When they are transported to the slaughterhouse they are treated as cargo, prodded or dragged as many are deformed and crippled from abuse, neglect and confinement into grossly overcrowded trucks were they are exposed to all weather extremes on their way to the slaughterhouse, many die of heat exhaustion in the summer, or arrive frozen to death in the winter.

At the slaughter house animals are hung upside down with shackles around their ankles while their throats are slit to bleed them and they are cut down the center of the belly to be skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious after improper stunning. Pigs are dropped into scalding hot water to have their hair removed.

The goal of skinning animals to use their fur such as chinchillas, minks, foxes is to remove it from the body without damaging the fur, so the methods are some of the most gruesome which include oral, anal, vaginal electrocution, bludgeoning their skulls, strangling with wire, bled to death, suffocating, and peeling off the skin while the animal is still conscious. In countries such as China, dogs and cats are used which are often stolen, kept in basements are suffer the same treatment. It takes 24 cats to make a fur coat.

In addition tons of excrement, blood and offal waste pollute the land, water and air surrounding factory farms and slaughterhouses.

10 billion animals are slaughtered a year

Tanning/Tannery Workers/ The Environment:

In the natural process of biodegrading the skin is the first element to rot or decompose. In order for that not to happen the skin must be treated with toxic chemicals. There are 225 chemicals used in the tanning process many of which are mordents, better known for their association with the funeral industry. That “new leather smell” is actually a chemical reaction between the skin, formaldehyde and chromium salts. Other toxic chemicals used are lead, cyanide, arsenic, azo dyes, aniline and chlorophenols to name a few. These chemicals make the hide no longer organic matter, therefore it does not decompose. Historians have found preserved leather dating to 5000 BC.

The skins go through many processes including soaking, fleshing, tanning, wringing, drying, kicking, cleaning, buffing, trimming, finishing. Much of the processes are done in large tanning drums that create tons waste run- off of the chemicals are well as pollutants protein, hair, salt, line, sludge, sulfides and acids.

These chemicals and wastes pollute the land, air and water supply. Groundwater samples collected near tanneries have shown the presence of arsenic, chromium, lead, zinc and formaldehyde, which causes diseases in humans that live in surrounding areas such as gastro-intestinal disease, asthma, skin infections, lung disease, kidney disease, lung cancer, leukemia, growth abnormalities and poison in breast milk.

In past years the leather industry developed a product called “vegetable tanned”, or eco- leather to have an eco- green product, claiming it is less harmful to the environment. There is no such thing as an environmentally friendly leather, the whole process is the same, the only thing different is the actual dye- which is used to color the skin, the vegetable dye does not have chromium in it,. For this they replace it with a vegetable based dye/coloring. Vegetable tanning takes several weeks to finish and most tanneries will not do it. Even industry insiders admit vegetable tanning is just as damaging to the environment as tanning that uses chrome tint.

Workers at the tanneries suffer immensely. Exposure to all the chemicals makes the longevity of the work only a few years, with a high rate of developing cancer of the lung, stomach, bladder, testicles, kidney, nasal passages, pancreas, as well as jaundice, musculoskeletal disorders and leukemia.

Most leather comes from the countries China and India, where worker and animal welfare laws are the most lax, and many employees of the industry are children.

Natural Resources:

The livestock/leather industry is the largest contributor of environmental degradation worldwide. It includes massive land deforestation, loss of top soil, and contamination of water supply, air pollution, overuse of oil and water, and loss of biodiversity. It produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world combined, and it more harmful to the environment than the textile, medicine, fertilizer and paper industries.

LAND: 1.5 billion acres of land are cleared a year in the US alone to raise the livestock.

GRAIN: The grain, soybeans and corn that are fed to livestock in the US alone could feed 800 million people.
WATER: It takes 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of ground beef, while growing 1 pound of wheat requires only 25 gallons. You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.

ENERGY: From start to finish the amount of energy required to produce a leather hide is 20 times greater than the production of a synthetic. Producing leather requires transportation to feed the animals, removal of waste, electricity for housing operation and the killing, transport to the slaughterhouse, then to tannery, then to buyer.

WASTE: Leather tanning generates 800,000 tons of chrome shavings annually, much of which ends up in landfills.

 

Synthetics:

Leather requires more energy, much more space and a great deal more labor to produce than synthetics. In addition synthetics are consistent in size and shape so all yards can be used, whereas with an animal hide the skin is uneven and scared and much of the skins become waste.

Faux leather is not plastic; it is made from a compound of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. Other types are made from cotton with a vinyl or polyurethane coating. Many synthetics are at least partially biodegradable- the cotton base will biodegrade, whereas leather will chip, crack and appear to start decomposing, but it will not. There are some 100% biodegradable vegan leathers in existence.

These days there are plenty of plant-based or sustainable renewable fabrics including hemp, cotton, bamboo, linen and cork. Many pseudo leathers have been developed and other materials can be used in place of leather these include ultra suede, microfibers, nylons, canvas, vinyl. Some synthetics are made from recycled materials.

 

With so many atrocities occurring to animals it is impossible to cover them all, please see the links below for the key organizations working in these areas.

Best film:  www.earthlings.com
Factory Farming:  www.farmsanctuary.org & http://www.mercyforanimals.org/ 
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/more-reasons-to-go-vegan.aspx
Fur:  http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/campaigns/fur_free/
Wool:  http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/wool.htm
Silk: http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsusedinclothing/a/Why-Vegans-Do-Not-Wear-Silk.htm
Animal Experimentation-Vivisection:  http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/default.aspx  
Animal Entertainment-Circuses/Zoos/Rodeos: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/a1_entertainment.php
The Environment:http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM
Ocean life: http://www.seashepherd.org/
Plant based Nutrition: http://myvega.com/about-vega/guiding-principles
Dairy Industry: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/dairy/
Animal Shelters: http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/resources/qa/common_questions_on_shelters.html
Dog Fighting: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/Dogfighting.aspx
Crush Videos:  http://www.stopcrush.org/