From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, February 8, 2003, there was a demonstration in front of Adidas on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland Oregon, seeking to inform Adidas customers about the slaughtering of Kangaroos in order to manufacture a new line of shoes, the Predator. |
This is an international boycott campaign that has been going on for about four months, sponsored by Viva USA. According to the spokesperson for another group, the Animal Protection Institute, Adidas has refused to engage in conversation. She said further that boycotts are a way for the public to demonstrate their power, and that consumers can speak with their money.
Matt Rosell, of In Defense Of Animals, said that we don't need to buy these shoes and contribute to the suffering. Animals are often clubbed to death and their babies abandoned. According to Matt, since most of Europe has shunned eating Kangaroo meat, they have turned to marketing the skins for shoes. Further, he said he thinks people are smarter than that, and once people are aware of what is going on they will be smart enough to honor the boycott. There are synthetic materials available and therefore no reason to continue the slaughter of these animals.
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