Adidas is one of the world's leading sports brands. It is facing accusations of using soccer cleats made from kangaroo leather in California.
This violates state laws. The Center for a Humane Economy has accused retailers in the state of continuing to sell products made from this material despite repeated warnings about its illegality. In addition, the group has taken action against Adidas due to many retailers openly disregarding the law for years.
"Adidas has been caught red-handed breaking California law," said Wayne Pacelle, President of the Center for a Humane Economy. "The company has a responsibility to ensure its products are legal and ethical. The use of kangaroo leather is cruel and unsustainable, and it's time for Adidas to stop using it."
Watch the video below for more on how the US has been working toward giving kangaroo products the boot.
Kangaroos are native to Australia and are known for their exceptional speed and agility. But, unfortunately, they are also hunted for their meat and hides.
Using kangaroo leather for sports equipment has been a controversial practice for a long time. Many believe it is cruel and unsustainable. As a result, many countries, including the United States, have laws prohibiting importing and selling products made from this material.
Adidas has denied wrongdoing and claims it has not sold soccer cleats made from kangaroo leather in California since 2016. The company is committed to sustainability and ethical practices. It does not approve of using materials that could harm animals or the environment. However, the animal welfare group maintains that its investigation has found evidence to the contrary.
The use of kangaroo leather by Adidas has caused understandable controversy. This recent controversy emphasizes the need for greater transparency and accountability in the sports industry regarding animal welfare. In addition, consumers are increasingly aware of their purchasing decisions' impact on the environment and animal welfare.
Companies should be more transparent about their sourcing and production practices to address this issue. They should also work with animal welfare groups to ensure their products are ethically sourced and produced. Consumers can also play a critical role by demanding accountability from the businesses they support.
As a consumer, do you think Adidas should be held accountable for allegedly using kangaroo leather? Or should retailers take responsibility for ensuring their products are legal?
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