Royal Oak Tribune
Leather Louis Vuitton yoga mat draws complaint
BOSTON » A Hindu activist is calling on luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton to pull a yoga mat made partly from cowhide leather, calling it “hugely insensitive.”
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said that the mat is “highly inappropriate” to practicing Hindus, who regard cows as sacred symbols of life.
“The scenario of yoga — a profound, sacred and ancient discipline introduced and nourished by Hinduism — being performed on a mat made from a killed cow is painful,” Zed said.
Paris-based Louis Vuitton did not immediately respond Tuesday to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.