These days, leather, derived from cow, calf, or sheep skin, is still very much in use and widely acceptable, despite the heartbreaking evidence that the animal leather industry is both unsustainable and riddled with cruelty. Yet, what many leather consumers may not know is that some of their leather products might actually be produced from dog skin.
John Dalley, co-founder and vice president of the Thailand-based nonprofit, Soi Dog Foundation, recently told Bloomberg Buisnessweek that “factories use leather from dog skin for use in everything from drums to guitars.”
Dalley continued stating that golf glove manufacturers “also prize dog leather” and will use “the skin of the testicles of male dogs” since it is rather soft.
Many of these dogs are often stolen pets from Thailand. Smugglers round them up for travel to countries like Vietnam and China where dog meat and products are still prized.
“Stray dogs are…
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