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Thu Jun 11, 2015, 01:30 AM

Tesla shareholders ask Musk to make its cars go vegan

Tesla Motors Inc's Model S sedan already ditched petrol. Now two shareholders from Texas want the electric-car maker to stop using animal products as well.

At the company's annual meeting on Tuesday, Mark and Elizabeth Peters, shareholders from Hurst, Texas, urged Tesla to eliminate the use of animal-sourced materials for interior components such as leather seats. One of their proposals would reduce the use of such products, dropping them by 2019. The other asked Tesla to explore becoming the first "cruelty-free" premium car brand. Stockholders rejected both, according to a filing on Wednesday.

"Tesla does offer a vegan option to customers who express that this is a priority for them," Khobi Brooklyn, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. "If they want no leather in their car, the customer would choose the Multi-Pattern black seats which have a synthetic leather trim and then custom-order a vegan steering wheel."

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Elizabeth Peters said her husband, Mark, had to go through "extreme measures" to get her a vegan Tesla as an anniversary gift.

"Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings that suffer unspeakable horror," said Peters, who said she grew up on a veal farm. "Or, Tesla can adopt one of the many faux-leather interiors used by Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW, Infiniti and others, that are cruelty-free."

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/world-business/tesla-shareholders-ask-musk-to-make-its-cars-go-vegan-20150611-ghlaz3.html


If they don't want leather in their car, customers can choose multi-pattern black seats with a synthetic leather trim and custom-order a vegan steering wheel. Photo: Mark Bean

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Rhiannon12866 Jun 2015 OP
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Sherman A1 Jun 2015 #2
customerserviceguy Jun 2015 #3
WillParkinson Mar 2016 #5
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jun 11, 2015, 06:31 AM

1. If I'm spending 40k on a car K expect leather seats

 

I think there should be the option not to have them, and I'm glad there is, but some people want leather, some people don't, and tesla wants to make both groups happy.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jun 11, 2015, 06:51 AM

2. Interesting

I don't see me ever having a car of this price range, but for those who can afford such a vehicle......

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jun 11, 2015, 08:44 PM

3. I can just hear Ricardo Montalbon

Soft soy leather...

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 07:08 PM

5. You just made me snort...

It was very unbecoming.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2015, 10:17 PM

4. Can't avoid the stearic acid used to make tires though. :/

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