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Kangaroos killed for sport shoes

Last night in Portland I saw a large truck driving downtown with a short film playing on screens on three sides. The scenes were actual footage of the brutal killings and slaughter process of kangaroos. Many of the films show children (presumably of the hunters) learning this gruesome trade "on the job", participating in tasks such as stomping an infant joey to death and beating other kid kangaroos to death by their feet. These hunters, participating in an unregulated hunting industry, are using these methods to supply the kangaroo leather to the sport shoe industry.
CALL ADIDAS NOW AND TELL THEM OF YOUR DISGUST WITH THIS CRUELTY. LET THEM KNOW YOU WILL BOYCOTT ADIDAS PRODUCTS!
Email:  Consumer.Relations@adidasus.com
Call: (800) 448-1796
Write: Ross McMullin, CEO/President, Adidas
5055 North Greeley Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


Last night in Portland I saw a large truck driving downtown with a short film playing on screens on three sides. The scenes were actual footage of the brutal killings and slaughter process of kangaroos. Many of the films show children (presumably of the hunters) learning this gruesome trade "on the job", participating in tasks such as stomping an infant joey to death and beating other kid kangaroos to death by their feet. These hunters, participating in an unregulated hunting industry, are using these methods to supply the kangaroo leather to the sport shoe industry.

State-of-the-art synthetics are widely available for cleats and other shoes. There is no need for the leather!

I noticed the many different reactions of people around me as this truck sat parked next to Pioneer Square. Many people seemed resigned, as if this was not surprising or unexpected, but a "fact of life" and something they could not (or will not) do anything about. Others turned away, unable to stomach the harsh scenes of this reality. A few hurried by, studiously ignoring both the screen and the activists handing out literature and attempting to communicate. One man was angry, apparently at the activists, barely able to supress his rage and refusing any literature or discourse; finally he stomped off.

Look for this truck again tonight around Portland. They are currently doing a tour of cities on the West Coast. Thanks, IDA, for putting out this information so aggressively to a largely apathetic public.

"A million baby "joeys" will be slaughtered this year, torn from their dying mothers' puches and stomped on, clubbed to death, or left to die of starvation. They are considered the discarded "trash" of Australia's kangaroo meat and skin industry.

Seven million adult kangaroos will also be shot to supply world markets - and the numbers are increasing steadily. The company most eagerly supporting this mass slaughter is Adidas, by heavily marketing its highly-priced, kangaroo-skin, Predator soccer cleats around the world.

Australia's government sees kangaroos as an export earner - justifying the massacre with well-rehearsed myths. Adidas sinply echoes them, claining that kangoroos destroy wheat crops and degrade grazing land. New scientific studies show that 90% of wheat fields never see a kangaroo and they have little impact on grazing.

Even worse, the big skins demanded by Adidas and other shoe makers already threaten the largest species of kangaroo - the Red Kangaroo. Targeting he biggest , fittest animals for their skin has the potential to cause extinction. The killing takes place at night in the outback and is unmonitored. Many animals are shot but not killed and are hauled onto trucks by steel hooks while still alive. It is the biggest massacre of land wildlife ever known."

-taken from a flyer handed to me by a member of the northwest outreach of IDA (In Defense of Animals)


-BOYCATT ADIDAS AND COMPLAIN TO THEM DIRECTLY! How to contact Adidas:
Email:  Consumer.Relations@adidasus.com
Call: (800) 448-1796
Write: Ross McMullin, CEO/President, Adidas
5055 North Greeley Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217

flyer from viva!usa
www.vivausa.org
for a free kangaroo action pack and detailed report and video, go to
www.savethekangaroo.com

In Defense of Animals
www.idausa.org

its a disgrace! 13.Jan.2004 06:12

yazz (worlds biggest fan of kangaroos) spoonhead_994@hotmail.com

i think it is a total disgrace about what happens to kangaroos! its terrible! i think it should be banned completely!!!

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that is crazy !!!!!!! More people should know this!!!!!!! 19.Feb.2004 06:52

leigh allnutt

i would understand for food but shoes! I've been totally in thr dark about this and i am doing a paper in college today about animal rights so more people will know today.we should protest at adidas!!! call me okc,ok 405 433 2332

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