Leather Industry

No skin in the game

Print edition : July 07, 2017

Tanned hide ready for dispatch at a tannery in Ambur, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Ravi Sharma

Raw skins being tanned using the "wet blue" process. Photo: Ravi Sharma

A cattle broker from Tirupattur tries to find buyers at the village fair close to Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. Photo: Ravi Sharma

Another famished bullock that was sold for Rs.6,500. Photo: Ravi Sharma

The new rules banning the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets have taken a huge toll on the leather trade, which provides livelihood to lakhs of people and functions as a crucial component of the livestock ecosystem.
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