statesman news service
Kolkata, 3 September
Activists of animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India today staged a protest at Babu Ghat in the city to mark the World Water Week.
Two members of PETA, wearing head-to-toe yellow bio-hazard suits, stood on the shores of the Hooghly river holding placards that read, "Stop Ganges Pollution, Go Leather Free." The activists were seen speaking to passer-by, urging them not to use leather shoes, clothing and accessories.
"The use of leather not only causes death of animals, but also also pollutes our water and land resources," said PETA India campaign adviser Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, explaining the rationale behind the protest. Runoff from leather tanneries into rivers have been linked to cancer, respiratory infections and other illnesses in humans, said activists. Undercover investigations by PETA have revealed that cows and other animals killed for leather in India are often injured and die on the way to slaughter houses due to overcrowding in vehicles used for transporting them. At slaughter houses, many animals are skinned and dismembered while still conscious, PETA investigations have revealed.