Hide and Seek.
INDIA -- Cows are sacred in India but leather remains a major
export, particularly for the manufacture of shoes. A campaign by People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) drew attention to the cruel
treatment of cattle consigned to the leather trade. Liz Claiborne and
The Gap ceased operations with India in 2000 and the Florsheim Group
canceled its contracts with Indian leather suppliers in March. Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and the Council for Leather Exports failed
to meet its promise to ensure enforcement of animal protection laws by
May. PETA plans renewed protests.