The leather and meat industry go hand in hand. Leather often comes from factory farmed animals, enduring overcrowding, dehorning, tail-docking and castration. Leather is often dismissed as a by-product of the meat industry, when it is actually a very lucrative co-product. The majority of leather is produced in countries such as China, Bangladesh and India, with little or no animal welfare, health and safety worker protection or environmental standards. To top it all off, the tanning of leather is the fifth biggest pollution threat in the world. Alternatives certainly sound like a good idea. But what is vegan leather made from, and what are the pros and cons of going cruelty-free?
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