Just ahead of of his 62nd birthday, PETA has sent a gift to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: a vegan leather jacket.
The jacket, specially made by PETA Business Friend James&Co, is black faux leather and similar in style to his infamous coat worn on ABC’s television program Q&A.
“Fashion is about more than just looking good – it’s also a statement about who you are and what you stand for.”
– PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno.
Cows killed for leather endure castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning – often without painkillers – before being skinned and dismembered alive.
In addition, the leather industry has a terrible impact on the Earth, from its greenhouse-gas emissions to the toxic tanneries that pollute nearby water supplies and expose workers to excessive amounts of chemicals, including arsenic.
Along with the jacket, was a note:
Dear Mr Turnbull,
To wish you a happy birthday, we’ve had a vegan leather jacket specially made for you, so you can finally give animal skin the flick from your closet. A cruelty-free coat is the hippest wardrobe addition for any man with a social conscience. We hope this gift inspires you to take that dead weight off your shoulders and wear your heart on your sleeve once more.