Moral question for other vegetarians... and this is one I have problems on. Leather. Morally I am against it, for some reason not to the same extent as meat because I feel eating is much more of a waste where as leather can have an appreciated value, even so I don't feel its quite right. But anyway, how do you feel about it? How do you, if you do, avoid leather in the horse world? Because there are no boots that aren't leather, even non-horse shoes I have difficulty finding non-leather and often I can't and I buy leather, and feel guilty. Things like bridles, I find the synthetic ones are just so crappy I just end up buying a leather one and take care if so it lasts but still...
How does everyone else feel about that?
With meat too, I think western societies consume WAY too much these days. Even from an environmental standpoint, without the morals.
Agreeing with the whole of your post!
Thought I should answer how I feel about leather.
I'm not buying it, since I consider it this way: leather is about the same industry as the meat, isn't it? And you kill an animal to get it... so, I might just as well eat a big chunk of beaf as buy a pair of leather shoes...
So I avoid leather. I HAVE bought a leather head-collar over the internet for my pony this year, but I wasn't aware it was leather until I got it. It wasn't mentioned on the selling site.. And couldn't be seen on the pic either. ):
Buying shoes is usually a problem now. I tried to find a new pair of jogging shoes this summer, but could find no non-leather ones, so then I just didn't buy anything.
I prefer synthetic horse-stuff to leather. I do have some leather stuff for Silver, the saddle for example, but that came with her when I bought her, and is second-hand.
My (bitless) bridle is synthetic, and I'm really satisfied with it. Much easier to wash, too...
So no, leather is not an opinion at all for me.
But happily there are coming more alternatives to leather these days, and hopefully more in the future!
- And yes, we consume far too much, it's sick really...
And no, meat isn't very healthy - especially not if you eat much of it..
That's proved. Same goes for milk, though.. You get stronger bones if you don't drink so much milk, for example.
It's weird how we are the only species where the grown-ups drink milk, by the way.
Milk is originally intended for babies, but most people don't consider that now. So we steal it from the calves instead...
It's funny how my best friend uses it as an excuse for not becoming vegan that she will "need" cow's milk until she is at least 18, when in reality we don't NEED cow's milk
Of course, I'm not vegan, I'm just "thinking aloud" here, so to speak
But it's my goal!