Do Leather Farms Exist?

Fact Check – Do Leather Farms Exist?

Do Leather Farms Exist?

1st March 2022

Many animal rights campaigners claim that the use of leather contributes to the death of animals, it is also claimed that farms exist purely for the creation of leather – can this be true?

The short answer is: “No. Absolutely not.”

No one raises cows for their hides.  In the US, 10-20% of hides are thrown out, sent to landfill.  Worldwide, this is estimated at over 40% or 120 million hides.

Sustainable Leather

Where the hides are sold, in the US, they are valued at less than 2% of the value of a cow. It countries like Brazil, it is less.  Farmers raise cattle for meat and milk.  If cows were bred purely for leather, the price of the hide would not cover the feed and labour costs involved in breeding them and allowing them to reach maturity.

Making the Best Use of Resources

Here at RLSD we know that is a terrible waste and often results in hides being sent to landfill or to be incinerated – both these methods are bad for the environment. Hides are a by-product of the cattle and dairy industries.  Using hides to make leather allows us to make beautiful, durable, sustainable resource that sequester carbon, upcycling a by-product that might end up as landfill.