For Immediate Release
February 9, 2006
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California Attorney General Urges the State Supreme Court to Protect
San Francisco- The California Attorney General, representing
the State Department of Fish and Game, has filed a letter urging the
California Supreme Court to grant a pending petition to review a recent
court of appeal decision that threw out a lawsuit which sought to prevent
sport manufacturing giant Adidas from using kangaroo skin in its athletic
In May, 2003 Davis-based animal advocacy group Viva!USA filed a lawsuit
against Adidas for violating California Penal Code section 653o, which
prohibits importing into or selling within the State any kangaroo or
parts or products of kangaroo. Adidas currently uses kangaroo skin in
some of its soccer cleats, including the Adidas Predator, which Adidas
sells in California.
"Adidas does not dispute that it is blatantly violating California
law; it wants the law to be disregarded," said Orly Degani, the
attorney representing Viva!USA in the appeal. "We are optimistic
the Supreme Court will tell Adidas that there is bite behind California's stated
desire to protect kangaroo from cruel slaughter, and from being turned into
shoes that can just as easily be made from synthetic materials."
In addition to the Attorney General's letter, The Supreme Court received
letters supporting the lawsuit against Adidas from Defenders
of Wildlife and the Humane Society of the United States.
"Adidas has been getting away with murder in Australia and California," said
lauren Ornelas, US Campaigns Director of Viva!USA. "They have been showing
the same disregard for California law that the hunters show the baby kangaroos
whom they bludgeon to death."
Each year, hunters are licensed to shoot millions of adult kangaroos
for their meat and skins. Baby 'joeys' - worthless to
the industry - are ripped from their dead mothers' pouches and
bludgeoned, decapitated, or simply abandoned to die of starvation.
Australia is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record
and bush fires are raging across the country decimating kangaroo numbers;
yet the kangaroo industry continues to shoot millions more.
"Kangaroos are wildlife, not shoes. Adidas needs to get
in step with the times and use synthetic materials for all their shoes," said
Just this week, British newspapers reported that soccer great David Beckham
is no longer using the Adidas kangaroo skinned soccer shoe the Predator. Instead,
he will wear the Adidas Predator made of synthetic materials.
Viva!, an international organization with USA Headquarters in Davis,
CA and has a global campaign against Adidas' use of kangaroo skins. For
further information on this campaign and to view pictures of kangaroo
hunting, go to www.vivausa.org or www.savethekangaroo.com.