Leather is the skin of an animal, which has been flayed and tanned, i.e. treated with highly toxic chemicals and pollutants to prevent decomposition and thereby achieving its conservation and subsequent commercial use.
It is mainly cows, goats, sheep and horses, but also otters, deer, pigs, reptiles and sharks, among others, who are victims of the leather production industry.
This industry, contrary to popular belief, is not nourished by the remains of the meat industry, but is independent from it and even exceeds its turnover due to the strong demand generated by the world of fashion.
Hundreds of millions of animals are raised in the world for the sole purpose of stripping them of their skin and fur at the slaughterhouse. Sometimes they are flayed alive in order to expedite the skinning process and, like the animals used for meat, they endure terrible exploitative conditions throughout their lives.
The copious profits made by the leather business are only comparable to the immense suffering inflicted on millions of innocent animals whose skin is turned into a product and sold in fashion stores.
Despite its widespread social acceptance, common leather quantitatively generates more exploitation and death than the production of other animal skins such as those used in the high-end fur and leather goods industry.