Rina Dhaka partners with PETA to slam leather
Designer Rina Dhaka has partnered with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ India branch to campaign against the use of leather in the fashion industry.
“I love fashion, I also love animals and the planet,” said Dhaka in her video for PETA, shared on her Facebook page. “And that's why I don't use leather in my designs. If you buy leather, remember: there's no easy way to tell whose skin you're really in…. Vegan leather and other leather-free options can be found just about anywhere you shop. So please, be beautiful in your own skin. And let animals keep theirs.”
Dhaka’s words accompany a video shot by Deepak Arya which shows how animals including pigs, goats, sheep, ostriches, snakes, crocodiles, and dogs are treated and ultimately killed for the leather industry. Both Dhaka and PETA shared the public service announcement on their respective Facebook and Instagram pages for World Environment Day which is celebrated annually on June 5.
In the video, Dhaka states that leather is the most polluting material in fashion. Dhaka has pledged to go leather-free along with 32 other Indian designers after PETA India and Lakmé Fashion Week asked them to do so for the environment.
“Behind every leather bag, shoe, and coat is a sensitive animal who suffered a painful death,” said PETA India’s senior media and celebrity projects coordinator Monica Chopra, Indo-Asian News Service reported. “PETA India is delighted to work with Rina Dhaka to encourage everyone to embrace innovative vegan fabrics.”
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