I read today that leather sales were up 7 percent in August 2010, compared to the same month year ago. Year-to-date sales are up 8 percent, reaching nearly $38 million. You can read the full release here.
You can click here and see one of the companies that sells full "hair-on" hides of cows, pigs, deer, etc. I look at these images and it saddens me.
But I don't hate Tandy Leather for doing this. They only do it because there is a consumer demand for it. If people would stop buying it, they would go into a new line of business.
Leather sales are up and sadly you can buy a full hide of animal right online and have it shipped directly to you. All the cruelty involved is kept out of sight, out of mind.
Until the demand for such disgusting products like this ceases to exist, companies will continue to put them out there because there is a lot of money at stake.