Thursday, November 24, 2016

Morrissey Wants GM to Offer Vegan Leather for Car Interiors

[ed. I know... vegan leather? PETA is all for it. Here's another perspective: Just Say No to Vegan Leather.]

Morrissey has a complaint: the leather that runs smooth on the passenger’s seat isn’t vegan.

The former Smiths frontman has penned a letter to General Motors’ chair and CEO, Mary Barra, asking the automaker to consider adding the option of vegan leather to its interiors. “Given that the Volt and Bolt are being marketed to eco-conscious buyers, entirely vegan options would only broaden their appeal,” the singer-songwriter wrote.

Morrissey cites a recent press release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) about inhumane conditions in cattle farms, adding that the livestock sector’s greenhouse gas emissions make up a high percentage of the greenhouse gases emitted in the world. (...)

“As I head to Detroit to play the Royal Oak Music Theatre, I’m writing to ask GM to make Chevy’s Volt and Bolt more eco-friendly by giving buyers the option to choose vegan leather interiors – including steering wheels and gear shifts,” Morrissey wrote to Barra.

Elon Musk’s Tesla offers a vegan leather interior, which the CEO himself promoted on Twitter as the best option when it was announced. The company’s Ultra White interior option for Tesla’s Model X SUV veganized the steering wheel and gear shift as well as the seats.

by Sam Thielman, The Guardian | Read more:
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