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Leather Tanning and Finishing Workers
Leather is made by curing, shaving, treating, and finishing the hides of sheep, goats, deer, pigs, cows, horses, and elk. Different kinds of leathers are called cowhide, horsehide, sheepskin, capeskin, kid, and chamois. Workers in slaughterhouses remove the hides from the animals and cure them with salt to prevent decay. They then tie them in bundles and ship them to tanneries.