No. Animals are sacrificed for meat consumption, and the skin is a by-product that the leather industry reclaims to prevent it from becoming waste.
Farmers raise livestock for their meat or milk. They do not raise livestock to convert their hides into leather, as the value of an ox or cowhide typically represents a meager 3-4% of the animal’s total value.
Raw leather, the raw material used by the members of the Leather Cluster Barcelona, has different origins and characteristics, and in this regard, it is possible to distinguish between large leather (cow and steer leather) and small leather, which includes lamb and rabbit.
The skins that the cluster associates recover and recycle only come from animals that have been sacrificed for human consumption.