Tell Adidas to STOP Using Kangaroo Skins

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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

ACTION

Tell Adidas to STOP USING kangaroo skins for their products!

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

The Hon Tony Burke
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT Australia 2600
email

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.

  • Click here to sign our petition to Adidas asking them to stop using kangaroo leather.
  • Pledge to never buy products made from kangaroo or any other wildlife. Click here to sign the pledge today.
  • Tell a friend about how kangaroos are treated in Australia and encourage them to boycott kangaroo derived products.
  • Go vegan – Adopting a vegan lifestyle is the best way to help animals. Remember, leather from any animal contributes to the suffering and death of countless animals.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about massacre of kangaroos. One published letter can reach thousands of people who may not know what is happening to kangaroos.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!