Kangaroos, the iconic marsupial from Down Under, are prized by soccer players for their skin. Some of the most coveted cleats and gloves are made with kangaroo leather.
California banned the import of kangaroo parts in 1971. In 2007, the state put a moratorium on the ban, allowing the sale of kangaroo-skin products. The moratorium is set to expire at the end of this year.
Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the U.S.,said in a statement.“The Australian Government wishes to grow our strong economic ties by removing unnecessary trade barriers that are not grounded on science. A temporary solution has been in place for years and it is now time to adopt a permanent resolution. ”
He also said that “the Australian government wishes to grow our strong economic ties by removing unnecessary trade barriers that are not grounded on science”! This absurd and insulting assessment of the value of our native animals is unpatriotic, undemocratic and callous. Animals and our nation’s emblems transcends “science” and the makes mockery of our love for animals, their welfare, the public’s concerns of cruelty, genetic disturbances, and the fake “science” that promotes their slaughter.
What “science” promotes the slaughter of kangaroos? Actually, the “science” supports their existence in Australia for over 40 million years, and their status as animals that have evolved here and able to live sustainably with their environment.
At the time, California was reportedly the only state with a prohibition of kangaroo products. The Humane Society of the United States HSUS contends that this law was passed to protect species that resemble listed species, and that in Australia, those who hunt kangaroos (often at night) are not able to distinguish species that are lawful to hunt from those that are not. In particular, this organization believes that mistakes can be made in distinguishing Western Grey Kangaroos from Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
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The Humane Society is also concerned about the inhumane methods used to kill kangaroos including the young of female kangaroos. Typically, these animals are gutted in the bush and suspended on trucks before being driven to chilled storage containers, such as those the NSW Food Authority found the reported breaches.
Government data found kangaroos are in serious long-term decline in New South Wales. by Ecologist Ray Mjadwesch
Government population estimates since then show increases that are biologically impossible, ensuring that millions of kangaroos continue to be shot annually from ever-shrinking populations.
Our primary concern is the animal cruelty associated with the kangaroo slaughter industry, with firearm mis-shots and the bludgeoning to death of joeys common practice. The industry claims to care about ‘humane harvesting’ and also regurgitate their propaganda about population control.
According to the report, “the industry provides an essential environmental management service. Kangaroos typically represent about 30% of total grfazing pressure on the rangelands. Total grazing pressure is a key environmental indicator in these regions, and must be carefully managed to minimize risk of desertification and biodiversity loss”. Then comes the honest crunch: “they (kangaroos) compete directly with sheep for the grazing resources, especially during droughts. They also directly consume crops and greatly diminish grazier’s capacity to lock country up for spelling from grazing pressure”. So the real problem is not about science, but economic, that kangaroos are taking their grazing away from all-consuming livestock!
President Maryland Wilson of AWPC says:
The kangaroo killing industry supplies leather for soccer cleats, handbags and baseball mitts, fuelling the slaughter of millions of kangaroos each year- in the largest wildlife massacre in the world. It must be STOPPED!
Companies such as Adidas and their ‘Predator’ shoe which use kangaroo skins lead the world. We urge shoppers not to buy Adidas products until they cease their part in the largest wildlife massacre in the world. It is the slaughter of the Innocents- The kangaroo industry bludgeons millions of young innocent joeys to death every year.
It is vital to the survival of kangaroos that we stop the trade in their skins, especially for the manufacturing of soccer cleats. According to Australia’s leading tanners of kangaroo leather, Parker Tanning, manufacturers prefer to use the largest skins to make athletic footwear. These skins come from the large red males which take 10 years to reach alpha status and are being continually massacred so few survive to pass on their superior genes to the next generation. This means that smaller, weaker and younger males are left to breed with the females, producing offspring who are less likely to survive a major drought or other natural disasters. We must reverse this trend before a major disaster strikes and Australia’s kangaroos are wiped out!
It is frightening that leather suppliers are complaining that there are few large red males left in Australia. Skins are getting smaller and smaller as they now shoot juveniles.
Many top manufacturers now make hi-tech, hi-performance synthetic soccer cleats for professionals without the use of any animal products. Please help us show Adidas that we won’t allow them to kick the kangaroo into extinction.(featured image- source: http://www.yesvegetarian.com/kangaroos-are-adorable-animals-not-some-delicacy/#sthash.elc7N0QL.dpbs)