The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 November 2003

So we tanned her hide when she died, Clyde

A couple of months ago, Automobile's Eddie Alterman said something or other about the leather upholstery in the new Lamborghini Gallardo and tacked on a quip about an alarm going off in PETA headquarters.

Which, apparently, it did. The December '03 issue contains a letter from PETA president Ingrid Newkirk which makes the following claim:

We're currently in talks with car companies over the leather issue. More and more top-line car buyers want a non-leather interior. The smell of leather, the thought of where it comes from, and the growing number of vegetarians and nonviolence advocates post-September 11, 2001, are making the pleather-over-leather buyer demand options.

The next time I'm at the dealership — in addition to mere Mazdas, they sell Cadillacs, Audis, Porsches, Land-Rovers and Infinitis — I'll ask them if anyone at all has requested a leather-delete option.

And if someone wants to explain to me why the events of 9/11 would have turned someone into a vegetarian, I'd love to hear it.

Meanwhile, I'll be sitting on the modest cloth upholstery in my car as I drive to the furniture store in search of a leather sofa. Just because.

Posted at 8:52 AM to Driver's Seat

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I guess they forgot the rules of being a vegetarian.. There are only 2, so wtf?

1> Do not eat meat.
2> Shut the ^#%$ up about it while you're not eating meat.

Without beef and leather and Elmer's glue (could we deny grade school children ELMER'S? I think not), the common cow would be extrememly hard to find outside of a zoo. We'd need all that pasture to grow veggies. The cow is the most efficiently used natural resource we have, as far as I know.


Posted by: Terkish Payne at 9:16 AM on 8 November 2003

Chaz, don't forget to chow down on a big, juicy burger on your new leather sofa -- and wash it down with a tall, cold glass of milk.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:51 PM on 8 November 2003

I was very careful about choosing a Lincoln with leather seats. I asked the salesman if they were injuring cattle in order to procure such leather and he stated uncategorically that Lincoln only uses leather from volunteers.

It seems as the cattle are paraded up the ramp where a so-called hammer injects a .22 bullet into their brains whereas to prepare them for their next incarnation as juicy steaks, pot roasts and the like, a Ford employee asks if any of them are willing to donate their skins to be tanned and used for seats on Lincolns. Several have been observed "mooing" their assent.

I slide onto that luxurious leather seat with a clear conscious during my regular daily drive to get a juicy burger for lunch.

Posted by: Tiger at 1:56 PM on 8 November 2003

Damn. Restoration Hardware is having a leather sale. All their leather furniture is like $200 off or something. Of course, it's all still way beyond my means. [MAJOR HOULIHAN] "I love fine leather!" (Cracks whip.) [/MAJOR HOULIHAN]

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 7:49 PM on 8 November 2003

I asked the salesman if they were injuring cattle in order to procure such leather and he stated uncategorically that Lincoln only uses leather from volunteers.


Posted by: McGehee at 8:55 AM on 9 November 2003

As for Restoration Hardware, it's way beyond my ability to see in person, unless I want to drive all the way to Tulsa (or worse, Dallas) to inspect the goods. Damn.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:09 AM on 9 November 2003