There is always some drama going on about Kangaroo skin in fashion, well any animal skin.
Most recently, rumors were flying around the web stating that Stella McCartney used kangaroo skin in her football boots for her collection for Addidas (she wasn’t). Now California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has signed bills legalizing the purchase of kangaroo products.
The kangaroo proposal, SB 880 by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, drew intense opposition from animal rights organizations that decried the manner in which the Australian marsupials are killed. But California retailers selling kangaroo soccer shoes said they faced a disadvantage because online firms based in 47 other states can legally sell such products.
“Many good products are made from kangaroos harvested legally under Australian law and the federal Endangered Species Act and those products should be allowed to be on the California market,” said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. “Importantly, this bill allows California to continue to prohibit the sale of products made from species of kangaroos that are listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.”
And as most of us know in Australia (well most of us should know), the country has a plague of grey kangaroos in this country. So they’re definitely not endangered, even if they are cute and cuddly and Australian tourists like to tell people overseas, we ride on them.