PETA’s “cow” made an appearance at the World Cup today to give thanks to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for using only fake leather footballs (aka soccer balls) in World Cup matches.
Besides thanking FIFA for its progressive and compassionate stance against leather, our “cow” wanted people to realize that most leather comes from countries such as India and China, where animal welfare laws are either non-existent or not enforced. Millions of cows and other animals are subjected to branding, mutilation, severe crowding, and disease before they leave factory farms to go to slaughter.
An investigation in India found that exhausted cows have their tails broken and chili peppers and tobacco rubbed into their eyes in order to force them to walk hundreds of miles to the abattoir. Because of improper stunning, slaughterhouse workers often skin and dismember animals who are still conscious and kicking.
You can join the protest against the cruel leather industry by pledging that the only skin you’ll be seen in is your own!
Posted by Ashley Fruno
(photos thanks to devographic)