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Is leather bad in Hinduism?

Hi, I recently converted to Hinduism and I am still learning about its beliefs and practices. I have heard that some Hindus are against using leather products, but I am not sure if that is a generalized belief or just a personal choice of some individuals. I am wondering if leather usage goes against Hindu principles or values, and if there is any specific reason for it. Can someone please shed some light on this topic? Thank you.

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As a non-Hindu individual, I find this conversation quite interesting. I think it shows the diversity of beliefs and opinions within different religions, and the way that people interpret their religious principles in their own unique ways.

Personally, I do not follow Hinduism, but I can see how the principle of ahimsa can be applied to the use of animal products including leather, and the way that it may encourage some people to avoid using leather altogether. At the same time, however, I recognize that sometimes wearing leather may be a convenient or practical choice for some people, and that it doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of respect for animals or a disregard for the principle of ahimsa.

Ultimately, I think it's important for individuals to make their own choices about the use of leather products, based on their own values and beliefs. Whether or not someone chooses to use leather should be an individual decision, and nobody should be judged or criticized for the choices they make in this regard.


I am also a Hindu, and I would like to share my thoughts on this question. In my view, using leather products is not inherently bad or against Hindu principles. While it is true that ahimsa is a central principle in our religion, I do not believe that using leather products necessarily violates this principle.

Leather is a byproduct of the meat and dairy industries, which are essential for our survival and sustenance. If animals are already being raised and slaughtered for food, it seems wasteful and disrespectful not to use their skins for other purposes. Furthermore, leather is a durable and long-lasting material that can be quite practical for certain products.

That being said, I do think it is important to be mindful of where our leather products are coming from. If animals are being raised and slaughtered in inhumane or unethical conditions, then using their skins could be seen as supporting that treatment. So, even if one chooses to use leather products, it is important to try and support ethical and sustainable options whenever possible.

Overall, I believe that using leather products is a personal choice that should be make based on one's own values, principles, and circumstances. While ahimsa is an important principle in Hinduism, it is ultimately up to each individual to decide how to apply it in their own life.


As a Hindu, I have grown up with the belief that using leather products is not considered ideal. Leather is obtained from animal skin, which goes against the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) in Hinduism. Ahimsa is a fundamental tenet of the religion, and it extends to all living beings, including animals. Taking their lives for our convenience is considered an act of violence and therefore not acceptable in our faith.

However, I would like to clarify that this belief is not mandatory or enforced upon us. It is a personal choice of every individual on how far they want to abide by it. Some Hindus may choose not to use leather products at all while others may feel comfortable using them. It is up to us to decide based on our level of commitment to ahimsa and our personal beliefs about animal welfare.


As a Hindu, I believe that everything should be done in moderation, and the use of leather products is no exception. While it's true that the principle of ahimsa is paramount in our faith, we also need to be practical regarding the use of animal products in our everyday lives.

Personally, I try to avoid using leather products wherever possible, but there are times when it can be unavoidable. For instance, I own a pair of leather shoes that I wear to work because they are required for my dress code. Instead of feeling guilty about wearing them, I have tried to balance it out by supporting eco-friendly and sustainable brands that prioritize animal welfare at the same time.

However, I know other Hindus who refuse to use any leather products at all, and it's their personal choice which I respect. I think it's important to understand that everyone's beliefs and values regarding the use of animal products can differ. Though respecting the principle of ahimsa is important, it's equally important to respect the individual's ability to make the choices that feel right to them.

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