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For immediate release:
May 28, 2003 

For more information:
Lauren Ornelas 530/759-8482
Video footage of kangaroo slaughter available.

Kangaroos Skins Still Illegal

Kudos to California Senators Who Upheld Current Law

Davis, CA...Senate Bill 233 (SB233), introduced by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, would have amended a penal code in California to allow the sale of kangaroo, crocodile, and alligator skins. The bill was heard on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 before the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee and failed to receive enough votes to leave committee.

Although the bill has been defeated this time around, Senator Hollingsworth has since been granted reconsideration for the bill to be heard again. However, wildlife and animal protection groups will continue their fight.

Last summer, Viva! launched an international campaign against the use of kangaroo skins by giant sports company Adidas. On May 7 of this year, Viva!USA filed a lawsuit against Adidas and three retailers for violating California Law.

California, often a leader in progressive legislation, has had this law protecting kangaroos, crocodiles and alligators in effect since the 1970's. "California should be proud to have such a proactive law to protect wildlife. We thank those Senators who refused to listen to those who seek to profit from a change in the law," said lauren Ornelas, US Campaigns Director Viva!USA.

"The Australian government allows the bludgeoning of baby kangaroos after they have been torn from their mother's pouches -- just to make shoes," said Ornelas. Over one hundred letters from Californians were sent to the Committee to voice opposition to the bill.

For more information on Viva!’s campaign and a video of the kangaroo kill, contact Viva! at 530/759-8482 or check out www.savethekangaroo.com