Can leather be ethical?

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  1. ben39

    ben39 Well-Known Member

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    Just curious as to what you guys think? I believe in quality > quantity and products which last. I know larger companies factory farm animals, but what about the smaller guys like Tanner and Kenton Sorenson? Where do they get the material from? I really know nothing about it but I'm interested it.
     


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    Why wouldn't leather (animal) be ethical?
     


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    It depends on who you whip with the leather.
     


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    This seems like it completely depends on your standard for ethics. If you believe killing an animal is wrong for any reason, then most leathers aren't ethical.

    I've read of some leathers, however, that are taken from stillborns. I suppose that would be the most ethical. There's some company that makes belts out of such leathers.
     


  7. mrtef3

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    Just curious as to what you guys think? I believe in quality > quantity and products which last. I know larger companies factory farm animals, but what about the smaller guys like Tanner and Kenton Sorenson? Where do they get the material from? I really know nothing about it but I'm interested it.


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  8. ben39

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    I'm not against killing animals. However, I am against factory farming animals. I try to eat local grass fed meat whenever possible. http://tuff-as-nuts.blogspot.com/201...l-leather.html From memory I think Tanner and Kenton Sorenson uses vegetables dyes and natural leathers. Maybe that's what I should look out for.
     


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    I haven't eaten meat for 25 years but have nine leather jackets/coats and several shoes all leather. Not quite sure where my ethics are, I think factory farming is a disgusting mess but I also think cows are one of the dumbest creatures on the planet who wouldn't last ten minutes without humans to protect them from wolves. They contribute to global warming with their methane farts and don't even have the sense to lift their tails, just shitting all over their back legs the dirty dirty bastards.
     


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    Animals taste good. After their skin has been removed, tanned and crafted into shoes, it keeps my feet warm and safe. 100% ethical.

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    Animals taste good. After their skin has been removed, tanned and crafted into shoes, it keeps my feet warm and safe. 100% ethical.

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    This is all conjecture on my part, but I would guess that all leather (excluding exotics like reptiles) is a byproduct of the meat industry. I've never heard of anyone cultivating cattle specifically for their leather. I would guess that the best leather is simply selected from the massive amount of hides that are produced by the beef industry.

    It is even possible that non-factory-farmed hides are simply discarded if it's too much trouble to send them to a hide processor.

    I have no qualms with eating or wearing any kind of animal product, but I find it interesting to know about.
     


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    As someone who works in Public Health, and has visited several working slaughterhouses I think it's ethical...as long as you view eating animals as ethical. Spendling some time on the killing floor I can assure you that they use all parts of the animal. And I do mean ALL parts.

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    It's ethical as long as you make sure to sell the steaks to a butcher and grind up the rest of the innards to use as animal fodder. Don't be wastful.
     


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