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PETA India has honoured Meghalaya forest and environment minister James Sangma with the Progressive Business Concept Award for taking the initiative of ‘vegan leather’ in the state.

Meghalaya forest minister has been honoured with the award for exploring the use of pineapples to make vegan leather for creating a farmer-friendly, animal-friendly and eco-friendly environment in the state.

While recognising the Meghalaya minister for the initiative, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate said: “PETA India recognises and thanks James Sangma, Minister for Forests and Environment, Meghalaya for exploring the use of pineapples to make vegan leather for a farmer-, animal-, and eco-friendly future.”

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While sharing the information, Meghalaya forest minister James Sangma on his Twitter handle wrote: “I am grateful to be part of the vision process that could turn Meghalaya into a climate action economy and I am humbled by the Progressive Business Concept Award that @PetaIndia has conferred on me.”

He said the award belongs to the state and the citizens, especially the young entrepreneurs.

“This recognition belongs to the State and the citizens especially young entrepreneurs who can help us accelerate our journey towards sustainability and explore more such innovative ideas to bring us at the forefront of engineering climate action and strong environment leadership,” James Sangma tweeted.

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