There is a commonly held misconception that the leather, fur, and other skins used for fashion goods come from discarded carcasses used to make food. It certainly adheres to the idea of ‘waste not, want not’. Why allow something usable to go to waste when, in the case of the fashion industry, they can be transformed into products that keep markets afloat, economies thriving, and food on the table?
This is a myth. Investigations have, in fact, revealed that farmers don’t peddle hides because they want to reduce waste. They do so because of its lucrativeness—animal skin, unlike meat, doesn’t come cheap. In the end, it is an issue of profit and sales. For farmers, the decision to sell animal hide is practically common sense. After all, one needs to make ends meet.
More serious, however, is the fact that the requirement for slaughtering animals used for meat and animals used for fashion is vastly different. Calves, for instance, are murdered at their young age because their hide is softer and more valuable than those of grown cows. Furthermore, many animals are killed solely for their skin or fur. They are beaten and abused to the point where their flesh is no longer worthy of being manufactured as food.
The argument that the skin goes to waste after an animal has been put down for food is not a valid one. The facts above are proof of that.