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‘Boston Bombers’ Tsarnaev Brothers: Why Don’t The Dots Connect?

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As the case develops there continues to be more odd anomalies with what actually took place with the Boston Marathon attack and the manhunt that occurred to arrest the alleged suspects.

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When it comes to the suspects, the dots don’t seem to connect to well. As I have watched this unfold, I have seen one common trend, emotions are being heavily pulled by mainstream media vs. looking at this event logically. This of course is partially justified in that the event was quite intense and no one wants to see others get hurt in this manner. However,  no real questions are being answered, they are simply being overlooked and cast aside. I am not saying they are not guilty, I am not saying they are innocent, I am saying the truth has not been told yet. I don’t know the truth, but what we are being told certainly isn’t it.

I don’t normally do reposts, but this article was very well done so I decided to do so. It’s from RT News written by Anna Priemysheva.

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After a dramatic and near unprecedented manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers – accused of staging the Boston Bombings – what appears most clear is that very little clarity surrounds the case.

The whole world is now rehearsing the exotic names of the main suspects fingered as the ‘Boston bombers’: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar.  The two young men have been treated with ‘celebrity’ attention by the media as the public is struggling to define the motives and circumstances that led to their recent actions.

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The younger of the two – Dzhokhar – is in hospital with severe wounds he supposedly received from police after an extensive Friday night manhunt. His older brother Tamerlan was killed during the manhunt. He is said to have been wounded from head to toe when he was rushed into a hospital where he later died.

Also, he was reportedly wearing a suicide bomber’s belt.

The 19-year old Dzhokhar was between life and death, ‘intubated and sedated’ with a throat wound. Boston Mayor Tom Menino voiced concerns Sunday that authorities might never be able to question him at all.

One thing remains unclear though – how the young man could walk out of the boat he was hiding in already with a throat wound that he was later almost dying from.

 

Since then, Dzhokhar has regained consciousness and is reportedly answering the police questions by writing.

Meanwhile, the FBI is actively searching for the two brothers’ ‘terror links’, scrutinizing Tsarnaevs’ contacts. However, so far there are more questions to the story than answers.

First, the ‘Chechen link’. Being ethnically Chechens, the brothers spent very little time in their historic motherland in the mountains of Caucasus. The reaction of the Republic authorities can be summed up as ‘We don’t know them, we have not heard of them’.

The former Soviet State of Kyrgyzstan was the family’s homeland for many years before the brothers emigrated to the US to receive a refugee status. Kyrgyz authorities confirmed the fact, saying they the Tsarnaevs left the country in 2001. While in Kyrgyzstan, the family lived in a town of Tormok, predominantly ethnically Chechen. ‘Kyrgyz’ Chechens were sent there on the orders of Joseph Stalin in 1944 amid the accusation – or pretext – of cooperating with the Nazi’s.

The Tsarnaev’s parents, after a few years in the US, are currently living in Dagestan, another turbulent republic in Russia’s south that draws a lot of active attention from the security forces. It might be believed to have some of the strongest and most conservative Muslim communities in the country but so far does not seem to have enough to qualify as a ‘radical Islamic breeding spot’.

When asked about the motives behind their moving to the US, the father of the family, Anzor Tsarnaev, said:

“Chechens are stereotypically not welcome in so many places. We hoped the US will be the place to leave peacefully and free from judgment. Now I see it was a mistake”.

 

Tsarnaev senior believes his children have been framed. He says it’s impossible that they could do something like that.

“I’m sure about my children, in their purity. I don’t know what happened and who did this. God knows and he will punish the guilty,” he said.

An RT’ team flew to Dagestan to speak to Tsarnaevs’ parents and neighbors. The psychological ‘portrait’ of the two brothers has little to do with what has been ascribed to them. Open and respecting, calm and friendly, the two brothers are described by people who’ve known them for some time in often the best terms.  The news of their involvement in the Boston bombing has largely been met with shock.

“I lived next to this family both in Chechnya and here, in Dagestan,” the neighbor told RT. “Their kids couldn’t have done that, they couldn’t have been involved.”

Also read: ‘Tamerlan was not a religious fanatic’ – Tsarnaevs’ relative to RT

A similar reaction was heard in outpourings from those who knew them in America.

“I’m in complete shock,” Rose Schutzberg, 19, who graduated high school with Dzhokhar told USA Today. “He was a very studious person. He was really popular. He wrestled. People loved him.”

None of the people around them had any suspicion something of this sort was cooking up. The only concern was that the brothers did not actually feel integrated into American society, judging by their comments made known to the public.

“I don’t have a single American friend,” Tamerlan said in a photo essay about his love of boxing. “I don’t understand them.”

Before refusing to give anymore interviews, the mother of the two, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva talked to RT and expressed confidence her sons were framed by the FBI, alleging that they had been following Tamerlan in particular for at least 5 years.

 

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (Image from vk.com)

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (Image from vk.com)

 

“They were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!” the mother exclaimed.

It would be indeed strange to suggest somebody so closely watched by the FBI could have plotted terrorist acts without setting off alarm bells. The FBI, however, has in the past been accused of enticing socially-aloof Muslims into plotting a terror act and then ‘disclosing’ and jailing them, claiming they just saved the world from another villain (watch Fox News report). Could it be another such case that went incredibly wrong?

So far the investigation has failed to spot and track any ‘real people’ who could be helping the brothers in their plot.

“I think it’s limited to the two brothers,” Edward Deveau, the chief of police of Watertown, said. “Every information that I have been seeing, where we looked at Boston, Watertown, the greater New England area, is safe.”

Little has been gathered from the Tsarnaev’s online activity. The US media is sending panic waves that Tamerlan had been visiting extremist web-sites and was becoming affiliated with conservative (you may read it as radical) Islam. However – there is again little proof of that in real life. For starters, the brothers are barely known in their local (or any other) mosque.

“The brothers were members of our community in Cambridge,” the head of the local Muslim center told RIA-Novosti. “They wouldn’t come very often and they had never expressed any radical views.”

Tamerlan is said to have set up a YouTube playlist that he labeled ‘Terrorist’. This and his visits to what is considered a radical source Kavkazcenter.com made the investigation suggest he could be linked to the notorious terrorist Doku Umarov. However, the website has denied any link to the Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on the brothers.

“The command of the Vilayat Dagestan Mujahidin… declares that the Caucasus fighters are not waging any military activities against the United States of America. We are only fighting Russia,” the Kavkazcenter.com website said in an official statement.

 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Image from vk.com)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Image from vk.com)

 

At the same time, Tamerlan failed to get hold of an American passport, instead obtaining just a Green Card. The New York Times reports his citizenship was held up because of an FBI interview in 2011 and not because of a domestic abuse episode – where he is said to have hit his girlfriend.

He still got married in the US – to Katherine Russell, who converted to Islam for him. The couple has a little daughter. Both the woman and the girl are choosing to hide out the media storm at Katherine’s parents.

The US media speculate that Tamerlan started to cling to radical Islamist ideas when already in the US, but cemented his beliefs while traveling to Russia (Chechnya and Dagestan) in 2012. His parents confirm nothing of this sort, saying he traveled to renew his Russian passport and decided to prolong his stay.

Tsarnaevs’ father, Anzor, is confirmed to be en route to the United States to be with his remaining son in hospital and try to iron the details of his arrest.

 

FBI investigators and Watertown Police officer walk in parking lot as they investigate the shooting scene near the boat where bombing suspect was hiding from police on Franklin Street on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts (Reuters / Kevork Djansezian)

FBI investigators and Watertown Police officer walk in parking lot as they investigate the shooting scene near the boat where bombing suspect was hiding from police on Franklin Street on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts (Reuters / Kevork Djansezian)

Now, however hard the FBI is trying to connect the dots, they still hardly can. Two young successful friendly men, the joy and pride of their family, with no history of radicalism, all of a sudden choose to commit a terror attack. No ‘Allah Akbar’ calls, no radical organization affiliation, not a hint of hatred noticed by those close to them. Tamerlan leaving a family behind, Dzhohar just a regular teenager with seemingly common teenage interests. Their actions have not brought around any evident benefit to either of them.

Moreover, it has sent curses and sorrow into their families’ lives, especially back in Russia since the traditional Caucasus cultures focus on immense respect towards parents, where fathers and mothers are idolized and honored by the younger generation – and are expected to take responsibility for their children’s action no matter what the age.

 

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013 (Reuters / Dan Lampariello)
Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013 (Reuters / Dan Lampariello)

 Nobody is saying Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev didn’t do what everybody is saying they did – nor the police words of violent resistance to arrest which caused further fatalities. It’s just their action looks bizarre and illogical based on how they lived their lives.

Anna Priemysheva, RT

source – http://rt.com/op-edge/boston-bombers-tsarnaev-brothers-172/

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Is There An Alien/Human Hybrid Program?

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  • The Facts:

    Among the lore existing within the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon is talk of an extraterrestrial human/hybrid program.

  • Reflect On:

    There is so much known when it comes to UFOs, but even more unknowns. The deeper you get into this topic the more you realize there is so much we don't know.

Prior to the recent official disclosure of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the mainstream (via the recent Pentagon footage and the release of millions of pages of UFO related documents from dozens of governments), UFOs were listed in the conspiracy category. This was the case despite all of the evidence that was leaked over the decades, from very credible sources. Apart from the evidence listed above, we also have witness testimony from hundreds of military and intelligence personnel from around the world. These are the sources that were cited before official UFO disclosure, and these same sources have also been quite expressive in their belief that some of these objects are indeed extraterrestrial, including the head of the Pentagon’s former Ariel defence program, Luis Elizondo.

If you’d like to read more about that discussion, you can refer to this article which dives into the extraterrestrial hypothesis a little deeper:

It’s Official ,We Now Know That UFOs or UAP Are Real, So Are They Extraterrestrial or Not? 

Surrounding the literature and the lore, there are stories of many different types of craft and beings which have supposedly been seen over the years. For example, over sixty school children were playing outside at recess, in 1994, in Zimbabwe, when they all said they saw a large craft, and multiple small crafts land in a nearby field. Not only that, they said they saw multiple “beings” that they described as non-human. This story has been well documented, is very serious, and was studied by various researchers. One of them is Harvard University psychologist Dr. John Mack. He himself interviewed these children personally, as well as many others. The story spread around the world quite fast and his interviews with the children were conducted shortly after the incident.

“Yes, it’s both. It’s both literally, physically happening to a degree; and it’s also some kind of psychological, spiritual experience occurring and originating perhaps in another dimension. And so the phenomenon stretches us, or it asks us to stretch to open to realities that are not simply the literal physical world, but to extend to the possibility that there are other unseen realities from which our consciousness, our, if you will, learning processes over the past several hundred years have closed us off.”  – Dr. Mack (source)

You can read more about that story in detail here.

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There are literally hundreds of supposed encounters with virtually no explanation. And now that we know “the phenomenon is something real, and not  visionary or fictitious” (General Nathan Twinning)  it’s time to ask more questions, like, if they are extraterrestrial, what are they doing here? How many different groups have we catalogued? As you can imagine, there are probably hundreds of questions one can think of as this topic and its implications leave no aspect of humanity untouched.

At a MUFON conference, Franklin Story Musgrave (former NASA astronaut) emphasized the fact that there are probably trillions of races out there that are doing star travel. You can watch that clip here. He’s one of many astronauts who have a heavy interest in this subject, as a lot of them, like Dr. Edgar Mitchell, have come out and said publicly that they are well aware of the phenomenon, that it’s real, and that a massive cover-up has been taking place over the years.

So what do they look like? The picture above is one of many supposed pictures of real extraterrestrials. We posted a few more with the stories behind them, as well as the story with regards to the above picture, in an article that goes into more detail, which you can read here.

Having been an avid researcher into the phenomenon for more than a decade, I’ve studied much of the literature and the lore associated with UFOs and the supposed extraterrestrials (or extradimensionals) who operate them.  It’s filled with multiple accounts of beings who are concerned with the well being of our planet. What’s also interesting is the fact that multiple contactees and their stories always seem to corroborate, for the most part.

A lot of these people are ordinary people who’ve had their lives changed, and people who knew nothing of the phenomenon.

There are reports of reptilians, gray aliens- both tall and short, hybrid looking aliens, human looking ones and much more. Apart for the care and well being of our planet, and the warning of our use of nuclear weapons and our overall destructive way of life, there are also a few other common themes within the lore, and one of them is a nhuman/alien hybridization program.

This program is supposedly run by a group of tall ‘grey’ aliens, who apparently are a dying race whose only hope for survival has been interbreeding with humans. This also comes from accounts of multiple supposed ‘contactees’ and those who have experienced ‘abductions.’

“Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)

It’s important to keep in mind that many contactees have experienced forced abduction, or ‘friendly’ contact. Many accounts of forced abduction are also said to be ‘friendly,’ and something we don’t quite understand. That being said, many have had malevolent experiences too, but the human/alien hybridization program is a common theme, as is, again, the well being of our planet and our ‘spiritual’ progression that’s needed if we want to move forward.

Related CE Article: A Man Communicating With An Extraterrestrial From Mars – Taken Seriously By The BBC, Live in 1954. 

Who can really say for sure at this point ?

Below is an excerpt from one of the leading researchers in the field, Richard Dolan, taken from his UFOs For The 21st Century mind. This is one of multiple such supposed encounters,

“Decades of study have led many researchers to conclude that these beings abduct humans in the dead of night and perform various procedures on them. These procedures, as often recounted by alleged abductees, seem to be geared toward some sort of breeding and genetic manipulation program. In other words, the Grays may be creating a race that is some sort of hybrid between human and Gray. If we ever prove openly that the Grays and these activities are real, the public reaction would be overwhelming.”

We must keep in mind that, throughout the past few decades, it hasn’t just been UFO reports, but abduction and contact reports as well.

Below is a good example of many similar stories that exist within the lore, also taken from Dolan’s book,

A well-known UFO abduction case involved a young Brazilian farmer named Antonio Villas-Boas, who lived near Sao Paulo. Boas had an apparent abduction experience on the night of October 15 1957. He gave a detailed description of the inside of the craft and its occupants; they wore tight, white clothing with a light on their belts, white shoes with no heels, large gloves, and opaque helmets with a slit at the level of the eyes. He claimed to have been stripped naked and given a medical exam in which one of the beings spread a liquid over his skin. He was then led to another room, where they took some blood from his chin, then left him alone. An unpleasant odor caused him to vomit.

Eventually, an alien female entered the room, entirely naked, she was attractive but seems very much like later descriptions of a human alien hybrid: she had hair that was nearly white, large slanted blue eyes, an ordinary nose, small but ordinary ears, high cheekbones, and a pointed chin. They had sex, but this was no fantasy out of Star Trek. Boas later said he was “uncontrollably” excited, despite being physically repelled by the experience. He wondered whether the liquid that had been spread over him had contributed to this. When the sexual experience was over, the woman lost interest and left the room. Just before she left, she turned to him, pointed to her belly, then pointed to the southern sky.

Abduction researcher, Dr. David Jacobs, a Temple University historian, became very involved with the abduction phenomenon (one aspect associated with ET’s and UFOs). He came across many consistencies, world wide, among supposed experiencers.

“Frequently, the abductee would be given reassuring statements, such as, “You are very special to us.” Sperm would be collected from men, eggs and fetuses from women. Many female abductees reported having fertilized eggs inserted into them, while others who were already pregnant had their implanted embryo extracted. It also appeared that abductees were targeted in their childhood and mined for genetic and reproductive material throughout their lives.” – Dolan

Interesting, isn’t it? There are rumours floating around in this field suggesting that President Eisenhower had a meeting with this group of ET’s (could be more than one), and made an agreement with them, because he had no choice, and actually gave permission to the extraterrestrials to do this. But who knows if that’s true, you can read about that supposed encounter between Eisenhower and the ET’s, in more detail, here.

Related CE article dealing with abductions:

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Explains Extracting Alien-Objects Found Inside People At A Hearing On UFOs.

What About Staged Abductions?

n his book, “Forbidden Science 4,” Dr. Jacques Valle explains how he came in possession documents showing that forced “UFO abductions” were conducted by the CIA as psychological warfare experiments. You can read more about that and supposed faked abductions, in more detail, here.

Concluding Comments

It’s important to remember that there may be multiple races visiting our planet, for multiple reasons. And when it comes to abductions, some of them might even be military abductions, but that’s a topic for another article.

The big picture take away from this is the fact that we are a race still in our infancy, and just as we discovered that the Earth was not flat, we are going to discover, if we haven’t already, that we’re not alone. As mentioned earlier, no aspect of life will go untouched, from science, to technology and our understanding of reality and more.

Perhaps we don’t even have the capability to understand what is going on here, but one thing is for sure, fear has been injected into the masses when it comes to the alien question. Whether this was deliberately done, who knows, but we are only now starting to ask the deeper questions that go beyond, “do UFOs exist?”

Human consciousness is changing, and information alone can change the way the collective perceives the world. That shift in perception can change the world, and who knows what type of impact that “ET” will have on mass consciousness? Based on my research and intuition, we are at a critical time in human history, and I do believe that we are being visited more frequently now, because there are many onlookers waiting to see what’s going to happen, and if we can make it out of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.

Our world needs a big change, we need to change ourselves, and we need more love, cooperation, and understanding on this planet. My intuition tells me we are missing some very key realizations about our world, and the nature of our reality, and I believe there is a spiritual underpinning behind all of it.

If we ourselves one day to venture off this planet and become ‘extraterrestrials’ ourselves, we’ve got a long way to go, and it seems, with what we’re discovering through non-material science, human consciousness is going to play a giant role. We have been approaching space for decades, and with everything we know about the secret space program, couple with comments made from Lockheed personnel and more, we are about to join “them” out there, whoever ‘they’ are.

 

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Survivors From The MK Ultra Program Come Together To Sue The Federal Government

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  • The Facts:

    Most people don't know the US Government disclosed the existence of this program that was being secretly performed on the American people for years.

  • Reflect On:

    Why would the US Government be concerned with learning how to mind control people?

According to this CTV News article, survivors and families of an MK Ultra brainwashing program run by Dr. Ewen Cameron at McGill University in Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s have banded together to bring the horrors of this program more fully into the public eye.

They are planning a class action lawsuit against the provincial and federal government, an initiative which lawyer Alan Stein feels optimistic about:

“I believe we can claim moral damages as a result of the experiments when Dr. Cameron used these people as guinea pigs.”—lawyer Alan Stein

There is reason to take Alan Stein seriously in this matter. He has successfully represented numerous survivors who were once patients at the infamous Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University.

In 1992, then Justice Minister Kim Campbell compensated 77 former patients of the program, but denied others a payout because they were deemed not damaged enough. Stein has handled several lawsuits and out of court settlements since.

Public Apology Is Primary

What is different with this class action suit is that the primary objective of the victims is a public apology and an admission of complicity on the part of the government. In previously successful individual lawsuits, money was paid out based on the extent of damage—such as the degree to which the victim had reached a ‘childlike state’—and not on the fundamental principal that citizens’ human rights had been egregiously violated.

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I will not detail the litany of human rights abuses that were perpetrated by the MK Ultra program here. This episode of the Fifth Estate might be a good place to start if you are interested in getting more details about the kind of cruel and subversive treatment victims had to endure, treatment that often damaged patients for life. Suffice it to say that none of the patients provided informed consent or knew that they were being used for Cameron’s CIA and federally funded research. Instead, they were wrongly told their treatments were medically necessary and for their own well-being.

Forced Non-Disclosure

Those survivors who were deemed damaged enough to warrant compensation or the family members who were fighting on their behalf were forced by the government to sign non-disclosure agreements. Much of the motivation behind survivors and their families coming together this time and taking collective action is borne out of the frustration that the government continues to do everything in its power to hush up the existence of this program and prevent revelations of these inhumane acts from becoming part of everyday discourse.

These events, like the holocaust, should become strongly ingrained into our collective psyches so that we can heal from them, and also empower ourselves to prevent this abuse of authority from happening in the future.

What is promising is that more and more people are rejecting the avenue of getting paid off for their silence, and are motivated to bring acts of human atrocity to the light of day, forcing those implicated to take public responsibility. The more the government resists the processes needed for healing and reconciliation that are clearly in the interests of its citizens, the deeper their hidden complicity in these tragedies will appear to those with eyes to see.


Related CE Articles:

MK Ultra Survivor Shares Her Story of How Her Multiple Personalities Were Used By The Elite For Unthinkable Things

MK Ultra – What They Didn’t Tell You About The Mind Control Program That’s Probably Still Operational


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Warning: Graphic Video Exposes A Cruel Truth Behind Designer Leather, Like Louis Vuitton

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  • The Facts:

    The PETA video below features footage inside multiple crocodile farms in Vietnam.

  • Reflect On:

    Are the products that you purchase unnecessarily made from animals?

So many people, particularly those of us who live in more industrialized countries, have become obsessed with our appearance. People slave away behind a desk just so they can afford that new designer handbag or some other fashion craze. Very rarely do we ask ourselves, “Do I truly need this material item, or am I using it to fill a void?”

Even more rarely do we ask ourselves, “What material are my clothes made out of and where do they come from?” We just take a glimpse at a tag, recognize the label, and purchase it without second guessing what our money is supporting. If the process was shown to us visually, during our purchase, just think about how many people would walk away from that item.

This is how disconnected and ignorant we’ve become.

The sad truth is that the fashion industry is torturing and murdering innocent animals and destroying the environment in the process. A recent PETA video exposes the terrifying reality behind many designer leather items.

Warning: Graphic Video That Will Make You Ditch Leather Forever

Society not only considers it ‘normal’ to own leather products, but also encourages consumers to buy them because leather is considered a high quality material, one that only people with “higher statuses” can afford. In particular, crocodile skin has been a fad for a long time in the leather industry, as many luxury brands will make leather handbags, watches, shoes, belts, and other clothing items out of it.

The PETA video below features footage inside multiple crocodile farms in Vietnam. In the video, you can see that the crocodiles are still alive while being cut open and skinned. In fact, crocodiles can live for multiple hours after being skinned alive. One of the farms featured is one that provides crocodile leather for Louis Vuitton, which is often viewed as a symbol of prosperity, but should really be viewed as a symbol of cruelty.

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The Chilling Truth Behind The Fashion Industry

Crocodiles aren’t the only animals to be tortured, skinned alive, and forced to endure a slow and painful death. Leather can be made from a variety of animals including the more obvious choices of cows, pigs, goats, and sheep; exotic animals like alligators, ostriches, and kangaroos; and even house pets such as dogs and cats. You may be thinking, “I’d never wear leather from cats and dogs!” However, ask yourself these two questions: What makes dogs and cats so different from other animals and how would you even be able to distinguish between leather made from a dog and leather made from a cow?

No, North America doesn’t kill dogs and cats for leather, but they do import leather products from China, where cats and dogs are killed for their meat and then skinned for leather. In fact, most leather actually comes from China or India and there’s no way to determine where (or whom) your leather is coming from (source).

Wool isn’t any better either; you’d assume that manufacturers would want to keep the animals alive and treat them with care since wool doesn’t technically require an animal to die. It seems this would be more economical, yet these animals are tortured and often die as a result of the brutality that takes place on wool farms (you can read about that here).

I’ve also heard people argue that leather is more environmentally sustainable than other cruelty-free alternatives. Yes, it may have a longer product lifecycle than some vegan alternatives; however, it’s also responsible for the same environmental degradation the meat industry causes and further pollution from the dying and tanning processes. To give you a few statistics:

“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.”

“Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.” (source)

So, How Do We Transition To A Leather-Free Fashion Industry?

We torture and murder these animals, all for what? A pair of shoes? A wallet to hold the cards that are literally driving you into debt? I’ll admit, there’s a certain practicality behind leather because of its durability, but there are numerous vegan materials that are equally as strong and long-lasting. Some of the awesome, vegan, eco-friendly alternatives to leather include waxed cotton, paper, cork, tree bark “leather,” and one of my personal favourites, recycled tires! PETA has a comprehensive list of vegan leathers that are just as sleek and durable as real leather.

I ditched all of my leather products a long time ago; however, I completely understand the struggle to do so. If you own a lot of leather, it can be expensive and wasteful to simply throw it out. You have a few options: you could sell your leather goods, donate them to a shelter or a facility that refurbishes or recycles leather, or trade them with friends for other cruelty-free options!

It’s also important to recognize that, at one point in time, using animals to create our clothing served us. Animal skin and fur was able to provide our ancestors with enough warmth to survive in colder climates. It was also a more sustainable option for clothing at the time if they were killing the animal for food anyways (long before factory farming became mainstream).

However, now is the time to divest from animal products and move towards a cruelty-free future. We’ve seen how these animals are treated and there’s no way to justify the terror that takes place in these facilities. We know that consuming animal products is of a very low vibration and that simply cannot serve us if we want to raise our consciousness and lead the collective towards a brighter future. Animals weren’t put on this Earth to serve us; they’re not ours to take, just like the environment isn’t ours to destroy.

Say goodbye to your leather so you can look great on the outside and feel even better on the inside!

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