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Anti Leather Campaign
NO LEATHER SHOES IN SCHOOLS
Facts about Leather - The Ecological Angle
- To process the leather , the most toxic chemicals in the world are used. Chromium, lead,cyanide, sulfides, ammonia,chlorides, various acids,heavy metals. These are let out of the tanneries which , in India , have no respect for any environmental laws , and seep into the ground and the rivers. From the time the Ganges reaches Kanpur, it dies becasue of the chemicals thrown into it. The rivers of Chennai are the same - can Tamil Nadu afford this ?
- Leather tanning uses huge amounts of water About 40 litres of chemical infused water is discharged for every single kg of skin. This has led to toxic pollution in the food we eat as the Ganges water is taken out and used for irrigation and drinking. Water for miles around tanneries becomes toxic . Everything smells. Cancers become common.
Facts about Leather - The Human Angle
- Hundreds of papers have been written about the large scale poisoning of our waters by the leather industry. The fate of the workers, the poorest of the poor, is less known.
- Most of them suffer from skin poisoning, dermatitis and cancer, blood pressure, kidney failure, dysentery, rheumatic fever. Jaundice and tuberculosis is common. Fever is a normal state of being. People who live around tanneries weigh less, wheeze often, have ulcerated eyes and asthma.
- The largest group of leather users are school children. The 16 schools that have stopped using leather in Chennai means 26,000 children are out of the leather market and contribute that much more to India's well-being. Chandigarh schools have also started a movement to stop leather.
What You Can Do
- If you are a student - Take this article to your principal and see if he/she can change the school's insistence on an item of clothing that is bad for the child and India.
- If you have children – Take this article to the Principal of your childs’ school and ask them to change from leather to canvas.
- Stop using leather shoes and other leather products.
- Educate your friends about leather as well and ask them to do the same.