After encouragement from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) India, the state of Punjab has recommended that state-run schools ban the wearing of leather shoes by students. The directive comes from the Director of Public Instruction Schools, and marks a move toward a more eco- and animal-friendly environment for the students. As Peta’s appeal pointed out, the tanning of animal hides to make leather is a highly toxic process that has devastating effects on the workers who do it, and also takes a significant environmental toll.
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