Sand artist Patnaik on ill effects of leather

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Puri, June 4 : Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has made a giant sand sculpture of a polar bear crushed by a shoe to highlight the harmful effects of leather industry ahead of the of the World Environment Day.

Patnaik along with his students made a 20-feet-long sculpture in ten hours using ten tonnes of sand as part of the campaign spearheaded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"We have made a 20-feet-long leather shoe and below it we have shown how bears are affected by the use of leather. People should avoid using leather," said Patnaik.

The campaign by PETA is to highlight the environmental harm caused by the leather industry.

PETA activists wants to draw attention towards the harmful effects of the global warming on the endangered and dwindling species like polar bear.

"We are trying to draw attention to the people that how their choices of using leather are causing environmental harm and degradation. We want them to realize that every single rupee that they spent on leather shoes not only causes immense suffering to animals, but also degrades the environment," said N G Jaysimha, campaign coordinator, PETA.

The sculpture went is part of 'Your Carbon Footprints Have Leather Shoes' campaign of PETA.

Leather products are loaded with formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, chromium, alkalis, solvents and biocides, which harm human beings and environment.

India dominates six per cent of the global market in leather garment segment, about seven per cent in leather goods and just one per cent in footwear exports.

India's exports of leather goods in 2002 were recorded at two billion dollars. eather goods are the country's' second largest export item after engineering products.

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