Leather and animal welfare - is that possible?

Again and again I come across comments on social media that demonize leather companies and portray them as animal killers. I vehemently reject this attitude.
As an animal lover, owner of two cats and owner of a small leather company, I would like to explain in this blog post why leather is produced, where the hides come from and that animal welfare and leather are not necessarily contradictory.

In general it can be said that the hides are a by-product of the food industry. This means that most of the animals are slaughtered in order to produce food from them for people and animals such as cats and dogs.

The hides are therefore a waste product from the food industry, which is usefully processed into leather. So it is smart to produce leather, otherwise the hides would end up in the trash because they cannot be used by the food industry.

"HSF is committed to ensuring that only those leathers are offered that come from the food industry."

Why leather when you can do without it? It's not that easy. So far, despite massive research, no comparable product has been produced. We know that imitation leather can be made on a plant basis (e.g. cacti) or from synthetic materials. But the properties of leather are unique and cannot be copied. Leather straps are still used in factories today as there is no comparable product that meets the requirements. Leather consists of fibers and makes the material particularly durable and resistant.

So you can use leather products with a clear conscience, even if you are committed to animal welfare.

Copyright picture: Annabelle.ch - Graber tannery in Huttwil, Bern
Source: The Gerber - Professional Leather Production (Gerhard E. Moog)

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