“No one is allowed to disturb, harass, or treat the cow without respect. The killing of the cow is the most abominable of all earthly sins, “says the teachings of God Krishna.
In nearly all Indian states, the slaughter of domestic cattle is punishable. And yet India is the world’s second largest leather exporter: Throughout the country, cattle are slaughtered to millions in illegal slaughterhouses, in backyards and even in the living room. In 2016, India exported $ 6 billion worth of leather.
The demand for leather comes mainly from the USA, Germany and the United Kingdom. About 90 percent of Indian leather lands in the European Union. Germany is the second most important market. Pretty much everyone wears it, with little or no thoughts about where the leather came from.
And so it happens that shoes are sold in German shops for which “holy cows” from India in Bangladesh are killed without any anesthesia in slaughterhouses or on the street.
Thousands of Indian cows are slaughtered every week for their skins, bought by poor families in rural areas of the country India.
Because killing cows is banned in most states, much of the slaughter takes place in Kerala and West Bengal, where there is no ban. This is where cattle from the southern and western states are smuggled. Millions of animals are transported under appalling conditions to the slaughterhouses of Kerala and West Bengal. There are 32,000 unlicensed in the country against the 3,600 legal slaughterhouses.
Men load a van like this: They tie the cattle close together. Space is so tight, so forbids Indian law .. But men do not stick to it – to keep costs down. A total of 31 animals are swinging workers in a van. Then it’s over 600 kilometers to the slaughterhouse. The animals are standing all the time and can barely move. They are also not allowed to eat and drink on this exhausting journey. The cattle traders put red chili peppers or tobacco in their eyes and purposely break the tail of the exhausted animal.
FITTING AND CONNECTING ..
To take the animals to where they can be legally killed – since battles are banned in most parts of India -the animals must be fogged and tied together, in preparing for a grueling death march lasting several days can last. Forced to run through heat and dust, without food or water, along with the sheer stress of this terrifying experience, causes many animals to collapse and become unable to move on.
Note that most animals are first in their lives driving in a truck and probably being scared, especially if they were treated hurriedly or roughly by the men who loaded the trucks.
Just the sounds and movements of the truck are a new experience – one that makes them sick. After a day or two in a truck without food or water, they are desperate with hunger and thirst, especially since it is normal for such cows to eat all day.
Leather is the animal product most commonly used in clothing and accessories, and while many others, such as angora and cashmere, have a bad reputation in the press, leather is often forgotten. Millions of animals die cruelly for fashion and are even skinned alive!
China and India are the world’s largest manufacturers of leather clothing and footwear. Since leather and fur are supposed to be cheap, the skins of Western breeds such as Great Dane, St. Bernard and Rottweiler are used in China. These breeds are considered to be the most economically efficient for the dog meat trade and their coat and skin are a byproduct of the dog meat trade
In India, cows are sacred, but as India exports billions of euros worth of leather, cows are simply caught on the street, and because everything has to go very fast, their legs are chopped off so they can not run away. Then they rip their skin off alive.
And even China, itself the largest exporter of leather, imports cheap leather from India. The cheapest leather for the world market takes no account of working conditions (including child labor), under which it arises, or on environmental protection.
A labeling requirement does not exist for the type (of which animal), from which country, or for the chemicals used for it.
In India, devout Hindus have now declared war on the leather industry. For example Deepak Chouham, a 31 year old family man. By day, he trades in bricks and operates a candy stall.
At night, he wanders through the streets, armed and with like-minded people to save cows. »Gau Raksha Dal« is the name of the civic militia groups that exist in their thousands in India: literally »cadet rescue teams«.
Prison sentences and police operations against illegal animal smugglers are not enough, says Chouham. He finds: “Every one who sins against the cow should be hanged.”
In recent decades, a flourishing and lucrative cow smuggling has been established in the border area between India and Bangladesh.
For that, even riskier smuggling routes or higher bribes are risked.
A livestock dealer, who does not want to be named, explains: “A herd of 100 cows costs about 25,000 euros. The bribes for the Indian police or army personnel about 5000 euros. 30 smugglers who take on the most dangerous task, on the other hand, are already available for 200 euros. In Bagachra, a 100-headed herd, depending on the size of the animals, brings in 50,000-60,000 euros. “
So a “Made in Italy” simply means that the assembly of the items to the shoe was carried out in Italy.
For example, the upper leather of a shoe may have been tailored and dyed in Turkey, the tanning and slaughtering previously took place in Bangladesh, and the cow was originally from India.
-Animal suffering during medieval transports
-Battle under medieval conditions on open streets
-Children slavery work in tanneries with toxic and carcinogenic substances
– Contaminate rivers and groundwater with chemicals
Does anyone need more reasons not to buy or wear leather in any form?
Best regards to all, Venus