Leather units pollute Ganga: PETA

PETA protested against the industry’s release of toxic waste (from leather tanneries) straight into the river.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 4, 2013 2:34:08 am

Holding the city’s leather industry responsible for polluting the Ganges,People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday protested against the industry’s release of toxic waste (from leather tanneries) straight into the river.

General Secretary of Indian Leather Technologists’ Association,S Mallick,however,denied the claims and said that the Kolkata Leather Complex has a central water treatment plant,which ensures that wastewater is treated thoroughly before being released. He clarified that wastewater from Eastern Kolkata is released in the Bay of Bengal and not into the Ganges.

Also during the protest at Babu Ghat,two PETA volunteers donned biohazard suits to illustrate the perils of chemical waste produced by the leather industry,thus marking the World Water Week which started on September 1.

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