Remove Leather and Down from Sales

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Millions of animals are skinned alive every year including dogs and cats for the leather industry.

The by-product myth
Most leather produced in the UK comes from cattle. Over two and a half million cattle were slaughtered in the UK in 2007 (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2008). The same year, sales of leather from UK manufacturers amounted to over £200 million (National Statistics, 2007). On top of this, £4 billion worth of leather goods (not including furniture) were imported to the UK in 2007 (HM Revenues and Customs, 2008).

These figures show that the leather industry is substantial, bringing in big money for its beneficiaries. For this reason, and the fact that leather accounts for between 7-10 per cent of the animal’s total financial worth (Garnett, 2007, British Leather Centre, 2008), it should be looked at as an industry in its own right, not merely a by-product of the meat and dairy industries.

Fast amounts of cruelty is also in the feather industry. 

Live plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Once their feathers are ripped out, many of the birds, paralyzed with fear, are left with gaping wounds—some even die as a result of the procedure. Workers often sew the birds’ skin back together without using any anesthetics.

Argos remove leather and down product's from sales. 



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