Our demands on the automotive and fashion industry:
Deforestation in the Amazon reached a 12-year high last year: over 1 million hectares were destroyed! Livestock breeding causes by far the most deforestation in Brazil.
The use of Brazilian leather in the automotive and fashion industries is also contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
A new study that we published together with the Rainforest Foundation Norway, Aidenvironment and Ecologistas en Accion shows that companies that supply leather to the automotive industry are partly responsible for the destruction of forests.
Some of these companies also supply the fashion industry, most of which is used for sneakers. The industry’s supply chain is tainted with deforestation and there are currently no adequate control systems in place to ensure this does not happen.
By buying leather products from companies involved in deforestation, your brand is promoting the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems and vital in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
As a successful multinational brand, it is your responsibility to ensure that forest degradation, ecosystem transformation and human rights abuses are eliminated from your supply chains.
You have the opportunity to help Brazil decouple forest destruction from beef and leather production, and we urge you to take advantage of it.
Eliminate deforestation from your supply chain!
We sincerely hope that you and your company want to be a part of the solution. Take measures to avoid the use of leather, which is driving deforestation in Brazil!
We address our demands to:
Volkswagen Group, with brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda
BMW Group, with brands like BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini
Stellantis, with brands like Peugeot, Citroen, Opel
Groupe Renault, with brands such as Renault, Dacia and Alpine
Daimler, with brands like Mercedes-Benz and Smart
VF Corporation, with brands such as Timberland, Vans, and The North Face
Adidas, with brands like Reebook
The full report for all the details, including a comprehensive list of recommendations that apply to both auto and sneaker manufacturers, can be found here.
And I mean…What do leather and meat have in common? Both often come from cattle.
And both are related to the illegal clearing of the rainforest, but also to immense animal suffering in the slaughterhouses of India and China.
The skin from which leather is made comes from animals that were mostly bred for their meat.
But leather is not a by-product of the meat industry in every country.
Regardless of whether animals are bred especially for their leather or for their meat, according to reports, all animals will be exploited and have to experience the horror in the slaughterhouse.
The leather industry generates annual sales of US $ 80 billion in animal hides and leather products.
As the third manufacturing country, Brazil is only behind China and India. In 2017, Brazil ranked fourth in shoe consumption.
30 percent of the leather for car seats comes from Brazil, so it is very likely that a significant proportion of the animals must have grazed on illegally cleared areas.
In Asia, is India the largest producer of cheap leather.
From here a large amount of finished leather and leather goods is exported to Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
India exports leather worth billions of euros
Cows are simply caught on the street, but so are dogs.
Often their legs are chopped off so that they can no longer run away.
Then the skin is torn off their bodies while they are alive.
Only if no animal products are used can animal cruelty and environmental crime be prevented
And if leather production in India were even worse for animals, the destruction of forests for leather in Brazil does not make that any better.
It’s about animal individuals, about the exploitation of people who work for this destructive industry, it’s about the poisoning of our planet by the tanneries.
We would say that every animal exploited is one too many.
My best regards to all, Venus