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PETA urges Odisha govt to allow ecofriendly canvas in schools

Posted on Jan 31, 11:29AM | UNI

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 : The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged the Odisha government to follow Himachal Pradesh and Punjab's landmark proposals to use only eco-friendly canvas or other non-leather footwear for uniforms in schools.

Such a measure would protect animals and the environment and also empower children with the opportunity to be animal- and eco-friendly consumers', PETA's India Corporate and Government Affairs Liaison Sarfaraz Syed said in a letter to Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.

'Most children naturally care for animals and the environment and prefer wearing more comfortable canvas shoes over leather or other materials, so transitioning to canvas-only shoes for all school uniforms would be a win-win-win situation for all children, animals and the environment.,he said'

PETA claimed that the leather shoes have a highly disastrous environmental and animal welfare cost. The investigations have revealed that cows and other animals are often so severely crowded in trucks on their way to slaughter that many animals sustain serious injuries or die when they are crushed or gored by the horns of others.

The turning of the skins of cows, buffaloes, sheep and goats into leather requires massive amounts of toxic chemicals, and runoff from leather tanneries poisons local rivers and streams. The toxic chemicals that tannery workers are exposed to on a daily basis have been linked to nervous disorders, skin and respiratory infections and even cancer, it said.

On the other hand, canvas requires relatively little maintenance compared to other popular shoe materials, including leather. As a result, it has become extremely popular among environmentalists, who have pushed for the use of canvas tote bags and other applications of the material.

With the growing interest in physical fitness, canvas shoes will be the preferred footwear for children in years to come for the comfort that they provide. Canvas is recyclable and a renewable resource, and shoes made from it are biodegradable, can be washed easily and are sturdy enough to stand heavy wear and tear.

The non-animal materials used to create eco-friendly shoes make them irritant-free.