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TEXAS – Switching away from real to vegan leather will have barely any impact on global cattle production, new analysis suggests. The Leather and Hide Council of America commissioned a study which examined the relationship between US hide prices and US cattle production. The researchers found there is no direct relationship between hide prices and cattle production and only a fractional indirect relationship.

The research was commissioned in response to claims from proponents of vegan leather that a switch away from real leather would lead to a reduction in cattle production.

Proponents of leather have always argued that this is wrong, and that leather is simply a by-product of the meat industry. The latest research appears to support such claims.

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