How Americans’ Appetite for Leather in Luxury SUVs Drives Amazon Deforestation

A slaughterhouse in Porto Velho, in northwest Brazil, in July.
A slaughterhouse in Porto Velho, in northwest Brazil, in July.

How Americans’ Appetite for Leather in Luxury SUVs Drives Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

A slaughterhouse in Porto Velho, in northwest Brazil, in July.Credit…

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