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|Originally Posted: 13 Dec 2010|
Tell Adidas to STOP Using Kangaroo Skins
[Ed. Note: Read Canberra Kangaroo Cull.]
FROM Act Now For Animals
Tell Adidas to STOP USING kangaroo skins for their products!
Sign an online petition
And/Or make direct contact:
The Hon Tony Burke
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
If you have been lucky enough to visit Australia and get up close and personal with kangaroos, you will know how docile these animals are. Although many of us may be under the impression that the kangaroo is a protected species and the law protects them from abuse, this is simply not the case. The fact is, if Australia can profit from its wildlife, any protection or laws go out the window.
Australia, which is home to many beautiful and rare animals is also home to the barbaric killing of over 3 million kangaroos, which are shot annually - a massacre that is so big that it has been labeled the largest killing of terrestrial (land based) wildlife in the world!
While peacefully grazing at night, kangaroos are targeted by shooters driving trucks with bright lights designed to spot and startle kangaroos. Although the shooters are supposed to kill them by a head shot, many kangaroos are shot in the neck, jaw or chest which causes a slow and excruciating death. Mother kangaroos with furless joeys or 'at foot' young are also brutally shot leaving countless joeys orphaned and at risk of dying from exposure to cold, starvation and predation from wild dogs and foxes.
The code of practice for the humane shooting of kangaroos, which is nothing more than a weak set guide of guidelines, advocates that pouch reliant 'furless' joeys can be killed by decapitation, while furred joeys can be hit over the head with a metal pipe. This is how Australia deals with its national emblem!
Australia is making a big profit from killing kangaroos, with kangaroo meat being exported to over 55 countries worldwide. The abused bodies of one of the most loved animals in the world are turned into everything from pet food and meat for human consumption to souvenirs such as coin purses made from kangaroo scrotum and even football boots.
I realize this information is shocking and saddening, but unless we all voice our opposition to this abhorrent cruelty - it will continue. Even if you don't live in Australia, there are many ways that you can help kangaroos, which we have listed below.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!