California allows sale of kangaroo skins

20 September 2007

In response, the Humane Society of the United States have placed a full-page advertisement in the Sacramento Bee pressuring the governor to block legislation. 'Kangaroos can't hop backward,' reads the Humane Society advertisement. 'California shouldn't either.' The ad refers to legislation signed in 1970 by then-governor Ronald Reagan banning the importation of kangaroo skins. The Humane Society is urging readers to contact Governor Schwarzenegger's office to urge his veto of the legislation. According to a legislative analysis, products made from kangaroo leather, like soccer cleats, are readily available on the internet and the California ban puts local merchants at a competitive disadvantage. There are 55 species of kangaroos in Australia, but only the four most abundant species may be commercially harvested on the Australian mainland. Among those supporting a repeal of the kangaroo skin ban are Adidas, Major League Soccer, and the Australian government.

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