Pledge to Lose the Leather With Pamela Anderson
If there's one thing that hot actor Pamela Anderson loathes, it's cruelty to animals.
That's why Anderson fired off a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to help cattle who are used in the leather industry.
Anderson gives viewers a graphic and unflinching look at India's gruesome leather trade in a hard-hitting PETA US video. In her letter to the prime minister, Anderson pointed out that conditions for animals used in India's leather trade are still horrendous even though PETA India has offered to help the government and the Indian leather industry improve those conditions.
The video footage shows cattle who are tied together with ropes that are threaded through their nostrils and others who are beaten mercilessly during forced "death marches" over hundreds of kilometers. During the marches, cattle collapse from hunger, exhaustion, injury, and despair. Handlers force the cattle to continue by breaking the animals' tails at each joint (which is roughly the equivalent of breaking a human's finger) and by rubbing tobacco, chili peppers, and salt into the animals' eyes. The cattle are never offered food or even a drop of water.
Pamela Anderson for PETA US
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Illegally crammed into severely crowded trucks, many cattle—including mothers and calves—are trampled or gored during the long journey to slaughter. By the time they arrive, some of the animals are already dead. Many others are so sick and injured that they must be dragged inside, where workers cut the animals' throats by sawing them with dull knives. Conscious animals are left to bleed to death slowly. Some have their legs hacked off while they're still conscious or are forced to suffer the agony of being skinned alive.
Please help Pamela Anderson put a stop to this cruelty by signing our pledge to go leather-free. Then forward the video to your friends.
I want to let the world know that I will never wear the skin of another animal. I refuse to support the Indian leather trade. By signing this pledge, I am promising that the only skin that I will ever be seen in is my own.