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For Immediate Release: September 1, 2004

For more information contact:
lauren Ornelas
530/759-8482

California Law to Protect Kangaroos Remains Intact as Session Ends
Three attempts to change law fail at State Capitol Sacramento..

After repeated attempts by some members of the State Legislature, as well as sports giant Adidas, to remove protections for kangaroos in the state of California, the law remains intact. "Those who sought to change the law were motivated by profit," said lauren Ornelas US Campaigns Director of Viva!USA, "the attempt of a German company to change our laws here, just didn't' work. Californians can know we are not supporting the killing of mother kangaroos and the bludgeoning of their babies just for soccer shoes."

During the first year of this session, on February 14, 2003, Senator Dennis Hollingsworth introduced SB233 that would have removed certain animals, including kangaroos from a law that currently prohibits the sale of their body parts in our state.

The bill failed in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and though he was granted a reconsideration hearing, he pulled it before it went up for another vote.

The second year of the session, saw two bills introduced: One in the Assembly by Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh (AB2915) and another introduced by Senator Hollingsworth (SB1207). Senator Hollingsworth pulled his bill, while Assembly Member Firebaugh's very similar bill was lobbied by Adidas but failed. However, just this week the opposition made a last ditch attempt to attach their bill to another and sneak the legislation past on the last possible day, but Viva!USA and others made quick calls to Senate committee members: the bill was pulled by the author the next day.

Viva! launched an international campaign against the use of kangaroo skins by giant sports company, Adidas in August of 2002. Then in May of 2003, Viva!USA sued Adidas for violating California law by selling kangaroo skins in the state. That lawsuit is currently on appeal.