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Trevor Collett | Jun, 13 2015 | 6 Comments

Not content with Tesla’s bid to steer the world away from fossil-fuel burning vehicles, at least two shareholders think the carmaker’s position in the automotive world isn’t ‘green’ enough.

The electric vehicle-maker offers leather trim for the seats and steering wheel with its Model S sedan, and will likely do the same with its incoming Model X SUV.

And these options are unacceptable, say Mark and Elizabeth Peters from Texas. According to a report from Bloomberg news service, the pair voiced their concerns at the carmaker’s annual shareholder meeting this week.

The Peters want Tesla to go completely animal-free by 2019, by scratching the option of real leather from its options list.

“Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings that suffer unspeakable horror,” Ms Peters said, adding that 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.”

But Tesla argues that a ‘vegan’ Model S is already available, as buyers can opt for synthetic leather on the seats and then “custom order” a synthetic steering wheel.

A company spokeswoman reportedly said that Tesla had already received a handful of orders from customers requesting no animal products in their EV.

The board rejected the Peters’ proposal, saying that concentrating on such details would bring unwelcome distractions from its higher-priority projects.

A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reportedly asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk if the carmaker could use PETA’s assistance in sourcing a vegan alternative to leather, to which Musk replied “we’ll look into it”.

The Tesla Model S is on-sale in Australia priced from $106,900 plus on-road costs.

MORE: Tesla Model X Deliveries To Begin In Three To Four Months
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