Urge H&M to Stop Selling Animal Skins

H&M claims that no animal should ever suffer in the name of fashion. Yet the company sells leather, which often comes from cows who endure confinement, extreme crowding, disease, and the deprivation of food and water. Branding, tail-docking, dehorning, and castration are all commonly performed without painkillers, and animals are transported hundreds of miles to feedlots and slaughterhouses where many are skinned while still conscious.

Leather also takes a huge toll on the environment, which H&M claims to take seriously. But the company continues to sell leather despite knowing that animal agriculture is the single greatest contributor to the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, as well as the source of a host of pollutants that are wreaking havoc on the planet.

A company of H&M's size and scale has a tremendous impact on the environment, and using leather exponentially increases the negative effects. 

H&M already uses innovative vegan leather options that mimic the style and aesthetic of leather, and more consumers than ever are wearing vegan because of their concern for the environment and animals. Committing to selling only vegan leather would legitimize H&M's claims of being ethical and sustainable and mark it as a true industry leader.

Let H&M know that it needs to respect animals and the environment by using only vegan leather.
Please Stop Selling Leather Today

Dear [Decision maker], 

H&M says that no animal should ever suffer in the name of fashion. But millions of cows whose skin is turned into leather every year endure confinement, extreme crowding, disease, and deprivation. Branding, tail-docking, dehorning, and castration are all commonly performed without painkillers, and animals are transported hundreds of miles to feedlots and slaughterhouses where many are skinned while still conscious.

PETA's most recent leather investigation revealed that JBS S.A., the world's largest leather processor, brands calves on the face and electroshocks and beats gentle cows and bulls before turning them into leather goods. Such horrific treatment doesn't just happen on Brazilian cattle ranches.

This abuse is standard industry practice and is consistent with what we expose every time we look at the leather industry, whether in Bangladesh, China, India, or even the United States. A PETA video exposé in China revealed that even dogs are being bludgeoned and killed so that their skin can be turned into leather accessories sold around the world. No matter where it comes from, leather is a product of cruelty, yet you continue to sell it.

As you know, animal agriculture--with its coproducts, including leather--is the single greatest contributor to the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, as well as the source of a host of pollutants that are wreaking havoc on the planet. Runoff creates a major source of water pollution, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that livestock pollution is a major threat to waterways. Animal skins are also chemically treated with a slew of dangerous substances.

Animal skins can never be sustainable, and animal suffering in the leather industry will never be eliminated, which is why it's disingenuous at best to claim that your vision is to be "environmentally and socially sustainable" while continuing to sell animal skins. H&M already uses innovative vegan leather options that mimic the style and aesthetic of animal skins. Please align your beliefs with your business practices and stop selling leather today.

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Sincerely, 
[Your name]
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