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Damaged bund causes tannery effluent pollution

Damage caused to the bund in Moongil Kulam, a rural irrigation tank at Ponnimandurai Pudhupatti in Tamil Nadu has led to an alleged discharge of a large volume of tannery effluents that entered local villages and have raised concerns over health in a cluster of villages in Dindigul district.

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High tanner inventories reduce hide demand

The APLF is widely regarded as the most international trade fair on the leather industry calendar. It is always a barometer on the current status of the sector and many hide and skin traders and other suppliers use the fair to visit customers around Asia, prior to and during the the show. Many have found the trip less than satisfying for a number of reasons.

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Port blockade affects skin traders and tanners

Local media reports in Bangladesh state that Magura hide and skin traders are looking a loss of at least Tk 5 million (US$65,000) due to the continuous blockades and strikes in the country which have delayed export shipments of leather and leather products.

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USHSLA applauds port strike resolution

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and U.S Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) are pleased to hear the news that negotiations have finally concluded in the nine-month labour dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

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Hide business comes under pressure

The hide business came under pressure in late January and February due to a combination of falling selling prices and rising green prices. The falling sales prices were due to the upcoming Chinese New Year shut down combined with US dollar weakness after a recent strong run. In general, heavier hides were traded at $5 less per hide. Demand from Italy has remained weak and at lower prices so the only show in town has been effectively the Chinese.

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Updated U.S hide and skin trading standards

By attending several global meetings it became obvious that tanners are looking for more transparency, together with an improved definition of their raw materials. The historic wisdom that hides are a by-product and therefore are immune to controls or specifications is no longer satisfactory. The U.S Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) is taking a proactive approach in better understanding these issues and working with the industry to address these challenges.

 

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Leather is in fashion but we do not skin animals alive

With leather being in fashion right now, it is not surprising to see the usual emotive nonsense coming from the animal rights brigade. The anti cruelty web site “care2” is headlining with a story about the excruciating pain animals go through in order to provide “trendy leather” and they seem to focus on fish skin – with the amazing revelation that fish feel pain too! Surprise surprise. One may not be in favour of animals being reared for meat, one may choose to be a vegetarian (it is a free world) but that does not give these extreme and biased people the right to make unsubstantiated emotive claims on websites.

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Zitnik elected Chairman of USHSLA

Jamie Zitnik, President of Texpac Hide and Skin, has been elected Chairman of the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) at the organisation’s 35th Annual Meeting and Convention in Chicago last week. Zitnik replaces outgoing Chairman Mike Larson of Tyson Foods, in this role. 

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