Marks & Spencer drops Indian leather because of animal rights
Date: 30 Jun 2001
Marks & Spencer, the UK retail chain, has confirmed that it will no longer stock goods made with Indian leather. The move comes after an animal rights pressure group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) targeted M&S with a campaign of persuasion.
Other companies have joined the boycott, including Nordstrom and Wolverine.
The justification for the action is that animals are badly treated in India during the period leading up to slaughter. Examples of the treatment are graphically described by PETA on their website. The evidence of maltreatment has been compelling enough to provoke figures such as the Dalai Lama to speak out, and other businesses can be expected to follow. The boycott to date is thought to have cost India Leather companies around $28m
Meanwhile, M&S had problems of their own, with a major strike at their french stores, with workers protesting at the lay-offs planned by the company in the wake of their decision to refocus on their home UK markets.
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