Circus Protest Planned Against Adidas
Killing Kangaroos for Kicks Not On, say Campaigners
Saturday 30 August sees animal rights group
Viva! stage its 3rd International Day of
Action Against Adidas, the world's biggest users of kangaroo skin.
To mark the event, a giant kangaroo will take part in a protest
outside Lillywhites in Piccadilly Circus, who sell kangaroo leather
Date: Saturday 30 August Time: 1pm
Location: outside Lillywhites, Piccadilly Circus, London
has virtually ended the sale of kangaroo meat in Britain by showing
consumers graphic images of the barbaric killing industry. They are
now campaigning to end the sale of kangaroo skins, used for luxury
products such as football boots, including the Predator, as
favoured by David Beckham and manufactured by Adidas. The kangaroo
kill quota for 2003 has been set at 6.5 million adult kangaroos
which does not take into account the million or more baby 'joeys'
who will be killed when their mothers are shot. After 18 months of
correspondence between Viva! and Adidas, the company
refuses to acknowledge the cruel destruction of these innocent
babies. They are removed from their dead mothers' pouches and killed
by clubbing or decapitation - the officially recommended ways of
disposing of these unwanted byproducts of the world's biggest
wildlife massacre. Older 'at foot' joeys who escape are almost
certain to die of hunger or predation.
The kangaroo industry recently revealed the
role played in this massacre by football boot manufacturers,
announcing: "This [football boot] market is vital to the kangaroo
industry. Without it underpinning kangaroo skin prices the entire
industry would be at risk." With 70 per cent of the market for
football boots, Adidas is the driving force behind the kill.
slaughter of wildlife is abhorrent in the 21st century",
says Viva! campaigner Claudia Tarry. "By using
kangaroo skin to make football boots, Adidas is keeping a barbaric
killing industry afloat. If state-of-the-art, synthetic football
boots are good enough for the world's best player, Ronaldo, they're
good enough for anyone! We are urging the public to boycott Adidas
until they stop killing kangaroos for kicks - and profits!"
3rd international day of action against Adidas will see
protests across the UK, Australia, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Spain,
Germany, France, the Netherlands and Russia. Campaigners will
leaflet outside Adidas stockists. The event is supported by the
Australian Wildlife Protection Council and the Wildlife Protection
Association of Australia.
further information please call Claudia Tarry or visit