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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.
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Title Annotation:leather trade in India
Publication:Earth Island Journal
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Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Sep 22, 2001
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