Hey everyone ♥
Happy Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! I was actually on holiday for most of the time, hence the delay in responding to emails and lack of posts (sorry).
In India the demand for real leather is unfortunately quite big with millions of businesses selling all kinds of leather products, fortunately there’s been changes in the laws recently that has taken animal welfare and the cruelty free movement even further in the country.
After months of campaigning; from PETA India, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Gauri Maulekhi of People for Animals, to the Humane Society International and numerous of animal rights activists, India’s Ministry of Commerce organisation DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) eventually took a huge step in deciding to ban the importation of reptile skins and certain furs (mink, fox & chinchilla) on the 3rd January 2017.
The pressure was mounting on the DGFT after PETA International had uncovered many stories of designers like Hermes who owned tanneries that use brutally obtain alligator skin for their products which of course are then to be sold within their stores in India and across the globe. It’s needless to say that these animals unnecessarily die a slow, painful death given the amount of cruelty free options we now have available on the market. Which is personally why I think it’s important to both take interest in and celebrate the positives changes in the law.
Gauri Maulekhi, the trustee of People for Animals, showed her full support of the Indian governments decision and praised them by saying;
“We commend the Directorate General of Foreign Trade and MoEFCC for its firm commitment in abolishing the import of exotic skins. The exotic fur, skin and leather industry slaughters, bludgeons and skins millions of animals every year in the name of frivolous fashion. Nations across the world are switching to cruelty-free alternatives and we are glad that India is gradually emulating similar policies to reduce and eliminate unnecessary pain and suffering to animals.”
Although this is a milestone for awareness on animal welfare and the cruelty free movement in India, I can’t help but wonder if the problem of mislabeling on materials will being to emerge. Despite the fact that the majority of people in the U.K are firmly against using real leather and fur, the problem of mislabeling remains to be quite a prevalent issue within our high street stores. Funnily enough, I had written about this problem almost a year ago on my post Faux Labels.
Click here to read the full steps that were taken by PETA India.
Would love to know what your thoughts are on India being (almost) skinless. ☺