20 September 2010

Californians urged to ask Schwarzenegger to help protect kangaroos

For thirty-five years, California law helped protect kangaroos by preventing the importation of their skins. Now, by passing SB 1345, the California legislature is allowing the import of kangaroo products for five more years so that companies, such as Adidas, can legally sell soccer shoes made from kangaroos.

It was astounding that California Bill SB 1345 supporting the sale of kangaroo skins and importing products made from kangaroo skins was even introduced. I cannot believe that after such a public outrage that the Governor’s office hasn’t already issued a press release to garner media attention if nothing else. This appeal on behalf of companies like Adidas is almost adversarial to the hearts of consumers and public opinion who have stated the method to secure wild kangaroo pelts from adults and perverse treatment of the kangaroo joeys being bludgeoned to death.

Even from a raw material standpoint, importing the skins wouldn’t make sense as the kangaroos aren’t even farmed here in California. I will be contacting Governor Schwarzenegger not only for ethical reasons but also because it makes no sense to import goods that would put California in a negative light. Even two world class soccer players like David Beckham and Cristiano Romano have been outspoken in denouncing the goods made from the kangaroo pelts as inhumane.

The bill which was created in 2007 is set to expire on January 1, 2011. Adidas, the largest buyer of kangaroo skins in the world, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying the Legislature on this measure. Now, SB 1345 will allow kangaroo skins to be imported for five more years in California.

To ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto SB 1345 visit aldf.org.

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Jill Paschal | @VegCookin
Jill is the owner of the online vegan bookstore VegCookin. She is a continuing student majoring in Business Management and loves to travel world cultures via cuisine.

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