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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Pleather controversy in ORGANIC STYLE magazine

From the Oct. 2004 issue of ORGANIC STYLE magazine, 'Editor's letter':

"The other day, this guy protested about a pleather bag we featured in our Sept. issue.  I couldn't understand his problem - it's a marvelous Stella McCartney tote!

Seriously, he argued, as some would (ask Peta and they'll say pleather is better for the planet than leather; Greenpeace disagrees), that the toxic run-off generated while making pleather is worse than the cruel, chemical-laden production of leather goods.  Pick your poison...As it happens, pleather works for many people.

Todd Oldham says, "Firstly, it is humane, not cruel!  It's easier to clean, less expensive, cooler to the touch, impermeable to liquid - and resists pet hair..."  

On page 24 is a leather/pleather PRO & CON, with the 'verdict':

"Avoid products made of pvc (they are usually very shiny or labeled VINYL) and choose pleather made from less toxic plastics, such as polyurethane, polypropylene, and polyethylene.  Opt for leather for classic pieces you plan to keep for years."

Letters to the editor:  organicstyle@rodale.com  incl name, address, and phone #, appx 150 wds or less.  My .02 on the subject:  

Everything on this planet is currently made from plastic of some kind or another; making a cruelty choice based on this logic is just an excuse.  Buying all animal-based clothing will change or improve NOTHING in the environment.  They also once featured an article about Oprah eating foie gras, and there's nothing 'organic' about that.


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