I've just done some quick googling and haven't found anything to suggest that leather comes from a specific breed. Most of the information about cattle divides the breeds into dairy or beef breed only, and implies that the leather is a byproduct of these breeds. I'll keep searching though.
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05-04-2013 13:53 #31Senior Member
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05-04-2013 13:57 #32Senior Member
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I've just come across this document from the Australian government.
It states that leather is the by-product of animals slaughtered for meat. It says that meat is more profitable than the leather so they kill the animal to meet the market for meat, not leather.
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05-04-2013 14:10 #33
All shoes that DD is going to wear for lengthy periods MUST be leather. It's a requirement of mine. My mother has damaged feet as a result of wearing synthetic shoes, and I have feet problems which required good leather shoes, so I understand the importance of a good shoe. For me, leather is very important when it comes to closed-in shoes that are going to be worn for long periods of time (like at school).
I've decided that her health is more important to me than avoiding leather.
However, that's the only case I'm okay with using leather in my life. When it's her muscular-skeletal health at risk, I am cool with putting her first... but there's no real reason why anyone needs a leather sofa, needs a leather handbag, etc. The alternatives don't potentially risk your health, so I see no reason to use these things.
I'm also cool with tribes using animal skins. They serve a purpose, and usually those tribes will have also eaten the animal they skinned. They aren't wasteful, and if all leather we used came from animals that had been eaten, I would be fine with it.
Using animal skins for fashion, or as a status symbol is pretty gross IMO. A leather couch is just a step down from ivory cutlery sets or elephant foot bowls. Disgustingly cruel and unnecessary.
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05-04-2013 15:11 #34
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05-04-2013 15:14 #36
Sassy- genuine q- how ate leather shoes better for muscoskeletal health? I can't ind any info?
05-04-2013 15:59 #37
We have a leather lounge and it is one of the best things we have ever purchased. For me it is a necessity. Food, drinks and baby spew can easily be cleaned up, it saves my sanity. Literally.
05-04-2013 16:06 #38
Similarly, after having a serial car vomiter I swore I'd never get cloth car seats again.
05-04-2013 16:18 #39
I gave up being a vegan after a few months as it is really hard to not use leather, wool etc , the not eating meat was and still is easy but I found it hard not to use leather and wool so my theory is if I save a few cows and the environment by not eating them and by buying organic food and sustainable seafood for my family then that is better than nothing and every little bit counts , I'm not a fan of snakeskin or fur and would never buy it but yes am guilty of buying leather shoes and handbags and clothing made from wool, I have leather lounges and leather car seats and DH has leathers for his motorbike - do I feel guilty about it - absolutely but not enough obviously to give them up
05-04-2013 16:38 #40
DD1 has ridiculously narrow feet so that's what I've been told. Leather shoes are often too wide for her feet (as they are stiffer than trainers) and she flops around in them.
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