Kangaroos Are Being Killed So That Nike and Adidas Can Use Their Skin to Make Sneakers

An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and David G. Brooks, Earth/Food/Life a project of the Independent Media Institute

March 2021

And what do you do when you kill a kangaroo mother with a joey in her pouch, who emerges looking stunned and terrified? Pick up by the joey by the feet and bash the head into the steel fender of your truck?... [for sneakers?]

Sign this petition: Urge Nike to stop using kangaroo skin for soccer shoes.

Kangaroo and Joey

Kangaroos, like humans, have two eyes, two ears, and a nose, nurture their babies and are in so many other ways just like us. It could be argued that they must have minds very much like our own, filled with feelings just as ours are. Even for those who care about kangaroos, however, too few are aware of the terrible fate many of them suffer due to one seemingly innocuous product: soccer shoes.

Through its Kangaroos Are Not Shoes campaign featuring a startling new video, the Center for a Humane Economy is calling on manufacturers like Nike, Adidas, and others to put an end to the world’s largest commercial slaughter of land-based wild animals.

When they are born—tiny, about the size of a lima bean—kangaroos manage, remarkably, to climb from the birth canal, up through their mother’s fur that has been licked to create a trail, to her pouch where, after a couple of months of feeding, they reach the point where they can stick their head out and encounter the world for the first time.

Soon, they will be hopping out of the pouch and foraging just like their mother and father. Every night, however, for months to come, they will jump back into the pouch to sleep. Or when they sense danger—a fox, a snake, an eagle, dingoes—or are told to do so by their mother....


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