Livestock and leather: a trend debate at the CICB Sustainability Forum



One of the most recognised worldwide names in animal welfare - in particular at livestock - is confirmed for the 2nd CICB Sustainability Forum. Michael Appleby, Chief Scientific Adviser the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), based in London is the speaker of the panel: Leather, Past and Future: Ecology, Economy and Ethics of Sustainability. The event will be held on the 28th August, in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, from 1.30pm to 6pm, at Fenac's Exhibition Venue, during the next Courovisão (International Fair of Components, Leather, Chemicals, Equipment and Accessories for Footwear and Manufactured Goods). Simultaneous translation Portuguese/English will be available during the panels.

Michael will bring to the Forum a topic with extreme importance to the leather chain and which evaluation is a world tendency among the largest buyers of leather: the direct correlations between the cattle’s welfare versus quantity and quality of the leather produced. "In order to be sustainable, the leather production should address aspects related to the ecology, economics and ethics of the usage of live animals", highlights the specialist. Michael spent 20 years at the Poultry Research Centre in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh researching behaviour, husbandry and welfare of farm animals. He is a specialist in issues related to agriculture and sustainability livestock farming, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Plymouth and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals, which Michael is a representative, exists to prevent cruelty against animals and improve animal welfare throughout the world. "We work directly with people and organisations able to guarantee that the animals are treated with respect and compassion – from farmers to governments and intergovernmental organisations, providing for humanity meat and related products, such as leather, in a sustainable way," emphasises the specialist, pointing up that the World Society for the Protection of Animals is based in 16 countries.

The 2nd CICB Sustainability Forum is organised by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and co-organised by ABQTIC (Brazilian Association of Chemists and Leather Industry Technicians). The event is supported by Fenac (Exhibition and Business Center), Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), IBTeC (Brazilian Institute of Technology for Leather and Footwear) and AICSul (Association of Tanning Industries of Rio Grande do Sul state). Master Sponsorship: JBS Couros.

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