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Indian boy Hassan Malik works in a leather shoe factory at Topsia in Calcutta, eastern India, 19 November 2013. (Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA)

Indian boy Hassan Malik works in a leather shoe factory at Topsia in Calcutta, eastern India, 19 November 2013. The leather industry occupies an important place in the Indian economy. It is an employment intensive sector with a vast potential for growth and exports but also a pollution intensive industry that relies on cheap labor. One of the major production centers for leather and leather products is located in Calcutta, West Bengal. Hundreds of tanneries are operated in the city’s Tiljala, Topsia and Tangra districts. They are mostly run by local families living and working under poor conditions. (Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA)
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20 Mar 2014 09:40:00
In this Thursday, February 9, 2017 photo, a Bangladeshi boy pulls a rickshaw loaded with strips of leather at the highly polluted Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries with workers as young as 14 supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says. (Photo by A.M. Ahad/AP Photo)

In this Thursday, February 9, 2017 photo, a Bangladeshi boy pulls a rickshaw loaded with strips of leather at the highly polluted Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries with workers as young as 14 supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says. (Photo by A.M. Ahad/AP Photo)
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25 Mar 2017 08:02:00
Tattooed Leather Art By Punctured Artefact

Tattoos always seem to fascinate us, which is probably one of the reasons why Dionne Marshall has turned to tattooing patterns onto leather. The designs she creates are reminiscent of tattoos favored by people in Central America. Working with leather is a lot harder than working with paints or pencils. Unlike the latter, there is no room for mistakes when you make a tattoo. This is the reason why there are so few artists that specialize in creating art by tattooing leather. However, the results are definitely worth it, as this is a truly unique form of art with a primal feeling to it. (Photo by Dionne Marshall)
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18 Oct 2014 06:01:00
Fur hats are seen on display at the 2015 China Fur and Leather Products Fair in Beijing, January 15, 2015. Hundreds of domestic and foreign fur product companies take part in the fair which runs from January 13 to 16 at the National Convention Centre. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

Fur hats are seen on display at the 2015 China Fur and Leather Products Fair in Beijing, January 15, 2015. Hundreds of domestic and foreign fur product companies take part in the fair which runs from January 13 to 16 at the National Convention Centre. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)
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16 Jan 2015 12:37:00
Animal rights activists protest against the use of animal leather in fashion businness, a few days before the fashion week opening in Milan, Italy, 16 September 2018. (Photo by Matteo Bazzi/EPA/EFE)

Animal rights activists protest against the use of animal leather in fashion businness, a few days before the fashion week opening in Milan, Italy, 16 September 2018. (Photo by Matteo Bazzi/EPA/EFE)
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17 Sep 2018 09:50:00
Sara Sampaio is seen wearing a pink knit sweater and a pink leather skirt during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Sara Sampaio is seen wearing a pink knit sweater and a pink leather skirt during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
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06 Aug 2019 00:03:00
Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)

Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)
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26 Jun 2018 10:00:00
Naked activists for animal rights, covered in fake blood, perform during a protest against the use of fur and leather, at Catalunya Square in Barcelona, Spain, December 16, 2018. (Photo by Albert Gea/Reuters)

Naked activists for animal rights, covered in fake blood, perform during a protest against the use of fur and leather, at Catalunya Square in Barcelona, Spain, December 16, 2018. (Photo by Albert Gea/Reuters)
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18 Dec 2018 00:03:00