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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Marks and Spencer boycotts Indian leather
An animal rights group based in the United States says it has persuaded the British retail chain, Marks and Spencer, to stop buying Indian leather because of cruel slaughtering practices.

The group, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said the failure of the government to stop the practices had cost India $27m in the first five months of this year and was likely to cripple its leather industry.

The group says cattle are forced to walk for days to the abattoir, and when they collapse, they are beaten and have their tails broken at each joint.

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