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Tesla Motors Takes PETA Advice, Launches Model X for Vegans

Update Date: Jan 22, 2016 01:54 PM EST

This may come as a news to you that PETA is one of the stakeholders in Tesla Motors. Last year in June at the Annual General Meeting of Tesla Motors, PETA urged the car maker to use vegan leather for its vehicles. Elon Musk, CEO of the company, said that the suggestion will be considered. Since then, Tesla and PETA have been closely working to successfully launch the sought after Model X electric SUV with an addition of vegan interiors, says Digital Trends

In a press release, PETA said that they discussed with Tesla to reduce their carbon footprint by using vegan leather in their car interiors. Since the animal skin uses an addition of 30 various chemicals, including cyanide, for it to transform into leather, people who live and work near the tanneries suffer from its dangerous exposure. Production of leather also consumes more resources such as 15,000 gallon of water for every ton of skin. It also leads to carbon emissions which is the leading cause of climate change. Not to mention the brutality with which the cows are subjected to produce leather from their skin, reported Tech Times.

However, this is not the first time Tesla will be making a fully vegan car. The company has always offered the option of cloth interiors for consumers who do not want to use leather. In a report from The New York Times, a spokesperson for Tesla said: "We find that customers enjoy both leather and non-leather options for their Teslas. We are committed to giving customers the ability to build the Tesla that meets their needs and lifestyle choices."

Tesla Motors is a company that is known for its progressive thinking and it is no surprise that they have adopted veganism too in their vehicles, reports The Verge

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