Yes, pony skin is beautiful…on the pony.
If you ever want to do any research on how that pony skin is obtained, you might change your mind. The ponies are removed from their mother at from 1 day to 6 months old so the mother can nurse thorough bred racing horses. Then they are sent to an auction, slapped with a number on their butts and then skinned alive or boiled to remove their skin.
Look, I love pony skin, too, but I love ponies more. No amount of torture is worth a few compliments or even the enjoyment of a garment, furniture or accessory made of pony skin. Sorry…. I can’t handle the cruelty.
saw some other site that had tiles made of this hide, very cool stuff.
will post on my blog soon for all to see.
YOU’RE INVITED TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON MY BLOG. http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/
I can’t believe this was posted, Designmilk!
Midcenturyjo, kiminottawa, Jennifer break the ignorance… you need to know the facts: Rain is “dead” on about what happens in this cruel industry!
Didn’t any of you ever wish for a pony as a little one? A real one, not one on under your calfskin leather chair (we won’t go there today…).
It’s true… they are either boiled to remove the skin (so the hide gets wrinkly and soft), or electrocuted in an orifice (not to scar tissue)… horrific beyond comprehension, but it happens. I KNOW as my uncle-in-law raises thoroughbreds for racing and this is what happens as a “byproduct” of the breeding industry (a word he uses). The foals from one day up to six months old are skinned for these leather and skin products as they are too young for the slaughterhouse (horse steak anyone?).
The ideal skin is the layer that covers the equine posterior. Each pony provides one to two shells, which is just enough for a pair of shoes.
So how many ponies were slaughtered for this rug? Think about the words you are using… pony skin! What there be such an uproar if was “Siamese kitten skin” or “Chihuahua (Short Coat) puppy hide” or “German Shepherd fur”?
Grab a heart and get educated!!!!
Christine, I’m not a supporter of torturing ponies, and hope that you don’t believe that I am. However, I think that your comments should be directed at the manufacturer of the product. This blog is meant to be inspirational, not to tell people what they should or should not do or buy.
Leslie on 03.26.2007 at 15:43 PM
I support Chrisine!
I think by you posting this you are supporting the industry, Jaime.
How is this inspiring? Torturing colts and fillies? Not for the sane minded, or those with a heart as Christine stated. Design can be humane you know.
I hardly think the Auschwitz gas chamber designs of the 1940s or the seals slaughtered for their skins off the coast of eastern Canada can hardly be called inspirational! Where are people’s ethics this day and age?
Try promoting “compassionate” designs… much easier on the spirit and soul.
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