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Puma says leather's got to go!

Puma says leather's got to go!

Posted 26 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: leather, cows, environment, Puma, go veg, sports, vegetarian, athletes, soccer

Sportswear giant Puma have scored some big points on the 'animal friendly' score board with news that it's considering giving leather the boot!

Usain_Bolt.jpg In an interview on the weekend, Puma's chairman, Jochen Zeitz said that given the environmental damage caused by raising cattle, "I think eventually we'll have to look at alternative materials, there's no question about it. We should eat less meat, all of us, and we should use less leather, I mean that's reality."

This move would save millions of animals from being abused and killed in the leather industry, not to mention cutting down on greenhouse gases and the toxic chemicals used to preserve dead cow's skin. Hopefully the other big shoe companies will come to the party soon too!

soccer.jpgLuckily, Puma isn't the only one in the sporting world that is kicking out cruelty. From sports companies to sports teams ... Last year, the English football team, Forest Green Rovers lived up to the 'green' in their name and went vegetarian! The club announced that "on nutritional advice, it was decided to no longer feed our team red meat for health and performance reasons". But they didn't stop there: "If red meat was not good enough to feed our players, then it wasn't good enough for our staff, fans and visitors too". And so meat pies and hot-dogs were shown the red card, substituted by mushroom pies, polenta chips and felafel wraps.

I don't know if the new menu at the club can take all the credit, but the Rovers improved from 20th in 2011 to finish 10th in the 2012 season (after meat had been cut)! Even if the new menu can't take credit for all the points on the pitch, the players and fans can take heart in knowing that vegetarians are less likely to be obese or have high levels of artery clogging cholesterol, and enjoy a range of other health benefits - simply by choosing not to eat animals.

Ever go to the footy? What do you think of the food on offer at the games? (Apart from the fact that it's overpriced, I mean). What do you think they should be serving?

ps. When you've got a sec, please send Puma a supportive message to let them know that you think getting rid of leather would be a slam dunk for animals and the environment: [email protected]

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Sarah Sarah 26 June 2012
Wow! This is exciting news!

I have been to various sporting events and the food there is always bad. They take advantage of the fact that the games start around dinner time and you just have no choice but to eat there. And yes, it's bloody expensive! I think my only option now is hot chips, and aside from the fact that they are likely cooked with other meat items or in beef tallow, they aren't even cooked well, always soggy, floppy chips, lol!
I recently went to my now favourite place in the world, Rubyfruit's vegan bakery in Leura, Blue Mts, and I am in love with their menu
If these sporting events had some Linda McCartney sausage rolls, or Rubyfruit's awesome BLAT, I'd be attending more events, definitely!
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lexyj lexyj 29 June 2012
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Theodora Theodora 30 June 2012
That's great !!!! It's about time that those big brands started doing somethin about it.
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F0XX F0XX 9 July 2012
I still don't understand in this day and age we're still using the skin of animals to make shoes.  confused confused
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Mary6 Mary6 22 July 2012
I'm am so happy I think I might scream(if I could)
And I haven't been to many footy games but I have seen the food they sell it's all greasy,meaty,fatty and gross I never eat from there!
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