PETA wants Goa schools to stop endorsing leather shoes

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 16:40 hrs

Panaji, Jan 25 (IANS) Animal rights group PETA Friday asked the government of Goa to ban leather footwear because of the cruelty which animals are subjected to during slaughter.

In a letter to chief minister Manohar Parrikar, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's corporate and government affairs liaison Sarfaraz Syed said that school children should be spared from products which are manufactured after "torturing" animals.

"This measure would protect animals and the environment and also empower children with the opportunity to be animal and eco-friendly consumers," Syed said in his communication to Parrikar.

"Most children naturally care about animals and the environment and prefer wearing more comfortable canvas shoes over leather. Hence, transitioning to canvas shoes for all school uniforms would be a win-win-win situation for all - children, animals and the environment," he said.

Syed said that Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have already resolved to ban leather shoes from children's uniform.

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