Thursday, January 03, 2008

Kangaroo ban lifted 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off new laws in California which includes legalising the import of kangaroo products harvested from non-endangered kangaroo species in Australia up to 2010. The new legislation follows an epic legal battle between animal rights organisations and sporting giant adidas. Kangaroo hide has been used for 150 years to make sports shoes. More recently the quality shoes have been made very public by David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), who endorsed adidas soccer boots. The former English captain has worn synthetic boots since 2005 because of the controversial issues surrounding Kangaroo skins. adidas is the biggest industrial customer of the marsupial's leather and uses the hides to make the popular Predator boots. The state of California banned the sale of products made from kangaroos and other animals threatened with extinction, including elephants, sea otters and vicunas in 1971. In 1995, after the Australian government said the kangaroo populations had recovered, the US federal Fish and Wildlife Agency removed the animals from its threatened list and allowed for the importation of kangaroo leather. The legislation to ban kanagaroo skins was repealed in 2001.

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