Leading sports shoe manufacturers Nike and Reebok have decided not to buy leather from India, officials of animal rights pressure group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have claimed.

Other shoe companies including Peru-based Foresta International and US-based Cole Haan have also pledged not to buy leather from India after PETA's claims that the $2.5 billion Indian leather industry had engaged in "unlawful" slaughter and transport of animals.

PETA alleged that the Indian government had not asked the leather industry to comply with animal protection laws and said that the industry, through the Council on Leather Exports continued to subsidise the illegal transport and slaughter through its skin purchases.

To view related research reports, please follow the links below:-

The 2000-2005 World Outlook for Leather and Leather Products

The 2000 World Forecasts of Leather Apparel and Clothing Accessories Export Supplies

The 2000 World Market Forecasts for Imported Leather Apparel and Clothing Accessories