Besides being hell for cows—who are often dismembered and skinned while still conscious—leather production is also lethal to the environment. In order to prevent skins from rotting, companies use tons of toxic chemicals, including arsenic, formaldehyde, and coal-tar derivatives, that end up in nearby soil and water supplies. As we point out in our letter to the Pope, who has been outspoken about protecting the environment and animals, Mercedes-Benz offers leather-free interiors for all its cars, so making a cow- and planet-friendly popemobile shouldn't take a miracle.
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The next time you're shopping for a new set of wheels, please be an angel for animals by choosing a leather-free option.
Written by Paula Moore