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Be Skins-Free in 2014!

Would you wear a belt made of human skin? What about a coat? Unless you're Leatherface, the answer is probably no. So why wear the skin of any animal?

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  • Cows killed for leather are castrated and have their tails and horns cut or burned off—all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, they are often hacked apart and skinned while still alive and struggling to get away. In India, many cows killed for leather are so injured and sick that they are literally dragged to the slaughterhouse. Once inside, their throats are cut—often with dirty, blunt knives and in full view of one another—on floors that are covered with feces, blood, guts, and urine.
  • Kangaroos are slaughtered by the millions every year. Their skins are considered prime material for soccer shoes. Orphaned joeys and wounded adults are, according to Australian government code, to be decapitated or hit sharply on the head "to destroy the brain."
  • Other "exotic" animals, such as alligators, are factory-farmed for their skins and meat. Alligators on farms may be beaten to death with hammers and axes, sometimes remaining conscious and in agony for up to two hours after they are skinned.

There are so many vegan alternatives to leather that there's no excuse to keep wearing animal skin! From Hot Topic and H&M to Target and Payless, vegan belts, shoes, and coats are everywhere. Pledge below and then check out our guide to finding vegan leather products

Leather is dead skin, plain and simple: Stop wearing it--pledge to be skins-free in 2014.

Full Petition Text: 

Leather is dead skin, and I pledge not to wear it! I'm sticking to manmade or synthetic materials in 2014 and beyond!

Signed,
[Your Name]

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