Taking Action

Top 10 reasons to fight kangaroo slaughter

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Commercial killing of two million kangaroos each year is the largest land-based slaughter of wildlife on the planet
2.
It’s wrong to kill mammals for their skins when we have alternative fabrics and fibers for shoes. Most athletic shoes today are lighter and more durable than leather and they are vegan-friendly
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It’s wrong to conduct a commercial kill for native species in their own habitats.
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Soccer players can already buy cleats from major athletic shoe companies that are made from synthetic or plant-based fibers and fabrics — and they’re better.
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When commercial hunters shoot female kangaroos, the Australian Code of Practice instructs them to bludgeon to death their joeys. This is the fate of 400,000 of them each year.
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Companies successfully sell non-kangaroo shoes in California, which bans selling kangaroo parts. So, it shows they can also succeed in other states without using kangaroo skin.
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Nike, adidas and Puma rarely use kangaroo skin for running, football or tennis shoes. They can also produce soccer cleats without killing kangaroos.
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The 2019 Australian fires killed more than a billion animals, including millions of kangaroos. Adding commercial killing to that death toll is cruel, irresponsible and biologically reckless.
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Australia should not be killing one of its most iconic animals – marsupials who are an enduring attraction for visitors.
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We don’t allow seal skins into the United States or Europe for fur because of humane treatment principles. We shouldn’t allow kangaroos skins either.
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Nike Call Out

Use your voice to help us call out Nike and adidas CEOs for being part of the world’s largest wildlife slaughter of mammals in order to source kangaroo leather for their soccer shoes.

Click here to send protest emails to Noel Kinder, the Chief Sustainability Officer for Nike and Frank Hanke, the adidas’ SVP of Global Operations for adidas.

Below are some letters from of our corporate outreach campaign.

Nike, look at what your competitor did!

Compare Diadora's press release with Nike's action!

Diadora, the fourth largest soccer cleat brand in the US, renounced the use of kangaroo skin in its soccer cleats. As a result, Diadora is getting great press and free marketing (like this). Just imagine the loyal customers it’s attracting.

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Read about our investigation into the illegal trade of kangaroo parts in California

We’ve placed out billboards where Nike executives can’t miss them

Use our Cleat Cheat Sheet – the first ever no-buy-list of kangaroo skin soccer shoes. Know the 9 brands and 72 models made from kangaroo skin.

Play Video

Bearded expert agrees ...

The Boot Wizard is breaking his silence on why he never reviews soccer shoes made from kangaroo skin on his popular YouTube channel: the cost is too high in animal life.

In this exclusive video from his native habitat of Denmark, The Boot Wizard explains when and why manufacturers started using kangaroo skin. And how kangaroo leather compares to today’s materials and technologies.

See other Boot Wizard YouTube reviews here

A closer look at the moral fabric of athletic footwear

Our new white paper shows how plant-based fabrics, plastics, and other synthetic products have spurred a sharp reduction in the amount of leather in footwear in the last decade, particularly in athletic shoes.

Undercover Investigations

Our investigations are on-going and we are determined to out the offenders violating Caifornia law banning the sale of Kangaroo leather shoes.

See something, send something.

You can take action by sending your undercover videos to:
[email protected]

Witnessing the crime

We’re sending in volunteers to purchase some of the hundreds of thousands of kangaroo leather shoes that are sold being by over 100 retailers.

A woman’s nightmare after moving to the bush

Kangaroos are typically shot without witnesses, in the dark of night. Help us bring these activities to light. We call on Australians to do what Lynn Hosking-Moore has done. Share with us your video, photographs and information as we chronicle these normally unseen practices.

Lynn’s short cellphone video illustrates the reality of kangaroo shooting, showing a dead kangaroo as her joey scampers about frantically, even trying  to crawl back into the mother’s pouch. A 68-year-old resident of the Victoria countryside, Lynn describes her home becoming “a war zone with gunfire every night, especially during the winter.” She purchased her cellphone to document her neighbors’ killing of kangaroos.

Read the article and see the video here

The following are the kangaroo skin soccer shoes that our volunteers purchased that were received or were intercepted in California
Here the backstory …

Attempted illegal kangaroo skin shoe buys from Nike.com

Brand

Kangaroo skin model

Ordered directly from

Blocked or illegally delivered

May 26, May 27 & May 28, 2020

Additional attempted illegal kangaroo skin shoe buys

Brand

Kangaroo skin model

Ordered directly from

Blocked or illegally delivered

Feb 20, 2020

Feb 27, 2020

DEMANDING COMPLIANCE

Below are some letters from our governmental outreach campaign lobbying for the compliance of California law that makes it illegal to “import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or a part or product thereof, of kangaroo.”