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Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 22:58
I recently saw a report that PETA was donating a bunch of fur coats to homeless people. I didn't read the whole report, but I suspect that they were either coats that had been surrendered/donated to the cause or purchased out of second hand shops. I know that PETA does not condone cruelty to animals, which also should apply to the leather goods industry, but they appear to be agreeing with you. Since the animal is already dead, better to get some use from the product. However, some of these coats are also marked with red paint. http://thegrio.com/2013/12/18/peta-donates-fur-coats-to-homeless-women/ Ironically, in this article, the people being given the coats are missing the point PETA was trying to make. I agree with you for the most part. You can't do anything now about the origin of the product and getting as much use out of it as possible is probably more environmentally sound than many of the synthetic replacements available. Native Americans (and most other native peoples) were among the very first environmentalists. Their entire lives depended upon sustainability of local flora and fauna and if they killed an animal, they used it for much more than meat. They used everything from hooves to antlers and all the parts in between, so nothing ever went to waste. They knew that irresponsible hunting would lead to shortages so were very responsible when hunting.
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Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 21:04
Veganism or not, I think it is always good to reuse things when we can, rather than buying new. If the bag/shoes/whatever have already been purchased, and someone wants to reuse them or buy at a 2nd hand or charity shop, then why not? The creature already died. The product is already made. If it still has use for someone, it is better to use it than to buy a new, non-leather product.
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Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 20:28
Not a hypocritical vegan in the least are you? Using your logic, it would be fine for you to eat road kill, and animals you find dead! >>Additional Details<< Of course I read your post, especially the part that says "soon to be again vegan." My opinion on your argument is EXACTLY what I stated above! How could a vegan, or vegan wannabe even consider using the flesh of dead animals! I just call it like I see it there kiddo! If you want leather shoes, go for it. BTW, petroleum IS re-useable! We recycle plastic all the time. >>>MORE Additional Details<<< Would you try and prove that re cycling plastics is harmful? That is a ridiculous statement!
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Answer #4 | 24/12 2013 17:52
Wearing and using animal skins promotes killing animals. Vegans DO NOT use leather
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Answer #5 | 24/12 2013 19:55
While some vegans may express a disgust for wearing second hand leather due to the fact that your technically wearing a 'corpse' there is no real harm in wearing it if it is second hand. If anything you are helping the environment by reusing items rather than buying them new. Coming from a family that appreciates the outdoors leather items are very common in our household for the reasons you stated. I try to avoid new leather products but still wear second hand leather.
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Answer #6 | 27/12 2013 12:53
First-hand or 30th hand the cow is still dead and you're still wearing it's skin. If you're going to be a vegan then stick to your principles and stop trying to squirm around them.
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Answer #7 | 27/12 2013 08:00
for the life of me I don't understand how you've seen what goes into leather production and tanning etc, and come out saying it's "sustainable" especially when comparing it to bamboo, or hemp, which grow huge in a matter of months. Or that recycled plastic or recycled tires are bad for the environment compared to leather production. If you don't want to be vegan, then don't. It's that simple.
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