Animal rights groups and legislators are joining forces to attempt to ban the importation ofkangarooproducts into the United States.
袋鼠保护法（H.R.917）将禁止出售所有袋鼠身体部位。该法案于二月由美国代表Salud Carbajal，来自加利福尼亚州的民主党人，Brian Fitzpatrick来自宾夕法尼亚州的共和党。
In introducing the legislation, Carbajal said, "Commercial shooters kill roughly two million wild kangaroos a year to profit from the trade in their skins, despite the availability of alternative fabrics that are of similar or better quality. While California has banned the sale of kangaroo products, enforcement of this inhumane practice is lacking.”
A coalition of animal rights groups including SPCA International and Animal Wellness Action has launched a campaign called“袋鼠不是鞋子”where they point out that two million kangaroos are killed in Australia each year. Their skins are used to make many products includingsoccer cleats by major manufacturersincluding Nike and Adidas. The meat is often used for pet food.
“And it’s important to note that the two million figure is just the commercial component of the slaughter. There’s a small amount of recreational hunting of kangaroos, but farmers and ranchers kill another 2 million kangaroos a year, so the body count is more than double the number you mentioned.”
“这是很重要的to note that athletic shoe makers produce soccer cleat models that do not use any kangaroo leather or any other animal product,” Pacelle points out. “Innovation has made animal products entirely unnecessary and the kangaroo-skin shoes are a hold-over from an earlier generation of marketing and manufacturing.”
Reactions from Australia
The commercial kangaroo industry is worth more than $200 million to the Australian economy, so many industry leaders are against the proposed legislation.
“Australia has one of the most regulated and humanely managed wildlife management programs in the world," King said. "State governments manage the populations of six abundant species as a conservation measure and, without a commercial industry, conservation culling would still continue.”
The KIAA points out that kangaroo meat has one-third the carbon footprint of beef and the skins are turned into viable products instead of ending up in a landfill.
Australia’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud appeared on 4BC, a news/talk radio station in Brisbane, and disputed these claims.