For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2003
For more information contact:
lauren Ornelas 530/759-8482 cell 530/848-4021
Images of Kangaroo Slaughter to Roll Into Los Angeles
Adidas' support of massacre exposed
Los Angeles. A 13 foot tall industrial box truck with four large video
screens, known as the Tiger Truck, has rolled into Los Angeles. The
screens show images of kangaroos being shot and baby joeys being stomped,
to expose the cruelty Adidas supports by making soccer cleats of kangaroo
skin. Viva! launched an international campaign against Adidas last year.
Special Event: Saturday, August 2, 10pm
Where: Meet at the Westin LAX (5400 West Century Blvd) to follow the truck
as it gets started
Why: To reveal to the public Adidas' use of kangaroo skins for their soccer
"We are taking to the streets what Adidas does not want anyone to see,"
said lauren Ornelas, US Campaigns Director for Viva!USA. "Hunters in
Australia are shooting kangaroos and bludgeoning their babies to sell
their skins to companies like Adidas."
Earlier this year Senator Dennis Hollingsworth introduced Senate
Bill 233 to amend a penal code in California that currently prohibits
the selling of kangaroo, crocodile, and alligator skins.
"We want people to know exactly who is supporting this cruel bill,"
said Steve Hindi of SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness),
owner of the Tiger Truck. SHARK is based outside of Chicago, Illinois.
In May of this year, Viva!USA sued Adidas and the Sport Chalet,
as well as some other sports stores, for violating California Penal Code
§ 653o, which states that the body parts or products of kangaroos cannot
be imported into or sold in the state.
The Tiger Truck started its tour in San Diego and will eventually make
its way to Seattle, Portland (the Adidas USA Headquarters), Sacramento,
and San Francisco.
Last year Viva!, an international organization with USA Headquarters in
Davis, CA, launched a global campaign against Adidas' use of kangaroo
skins. For further information on this campaign and to view pictures of
kangaroo hunting, see www.savethekangaroo.com.
A copy of the lawsuit and video footage of kangaroo slaughter are also
available on the website.