Your leather may have come from an dog, not the cow you willingly exploited
Speciesism is in the news, yet again. While PETA Asia hasn’t named specific brands, they are claiming that Chinese leather is being imported to the United States that may have come from thousands of dogs. Of course, people buy leather all the time, knowing it’s the skin stolen away from the dead bodies of cows, but nobody seems to bat a lash over it.
Last December, representatives from Congress sent a letter to US Customs and Border Protection that outlined the absurdity and disconnect of the situation. “In American culture, dogs are cherished pets and are considered a member of the family… Accordingly, Americans would not want to hold their four-legged companion’s leash with a dog-skin glove,” the letter read. Ah, yes. In American culture, like many other cultures, we have arbitrary lists of which animals are better, it all makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Give us dead flesh from the animals we don’t care about!
“While the names on this missive represent a relatively minuscule portion of Congress’ 435 members, this could be the start of a larger dialogue about the practice, and the nebulous ethics and origins of what we’re buying and wearing,” wrote Refinery29 as they reported on the story. While I have a feeling the author may not care about the ethics of dead cow, I’ll keep my fingers crossed anyways.