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From: katie ( -
Subject: skins
Date: February 16, 2006 at 7:03 pm PST

In Reply to: I don't posted by Anna on February 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm:

hmm...interesting things to think about.

i would ride in the car with the leather seats because the damage had already been done, someone else has already consumed that product. that's the same reason that i have no objection to using second-hand leather products, although i probably wouldn't anyway since i find it kinda freaky (shaved skin, as you put it).

as to the skins of humans thing...i have mixed feelings about it. obviously i am not okay with people being killed to make furniture. but it's interesting to think about the use of people's bodies after they have died of natural causes. admittedly, i feel uncomfortable about it now, but maybe that's just because of the current views of our societies. i have heard of people who have the tattoos of their deceased loved ones tanned and made into keychains, bookmarks, etc. sure it sounds freaky. but then i think, hey, the people are dead. and leather can be a useful material in some applications. so why not make use of people's materials? harvest their organs for transplants, use their skin to make leather, use their hair, their bones. use every scrap possible. that would be really efficient and probably a good ecological solution. i bet it would be better than pumping dead bodies full of chemicals, sticking them in a fancy box, and burrying it in the ground forever, taking up space, which seems pretty insane.

it all sounds pretty freaky, but who knows how our societies' attitudes will evolve over time?

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