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The majority of the rays used for leather production are part of the stingray family (Dasyatidae). But some websites also sell manta and eagle rays.

While rays are eaten in Indonesia, the fishing industry is equally driven by the leather trade, and ray populations are collapsing. And more and more fashion products are produced of ray leather, especially in Thailand.

It is not possible to breed rays.

Every year, 100 million sharks are killed. Their fins are cut off, and the animals are thrown back into the sea to die. The small-spotted catfish and the nursehound as well as the tiger, Greenland and great hammerhead sharks  are used for leather production.

Sharks used for the leather industry are not protected, and they cannot be bred.