Royal Oak Tribune

Leather Louis Vuitton yoga mat draws complaint

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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.

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