was in "The Sydney Morning Herald" on March 29 2002.
activists picketing soccer matches in Britain this long weekend
- protesting about the use of kangaroo hide to make football boots
- claim to be at the vanguard of an international campaign to
protect the kangaroo.
Organisers of an International Kangaroo Protection
Coalition, formed in Australia six months ago, have said this
is just an opening shot in a campaign which will include posters
in Australia and public support by such figures as The Crocodile
Hunter on TV, Steve Irwin.
British animal rights group VIVA!, which has campaigned successfully
to have kangaroo meat taken off the shelves of most British
supermarkets, is targeting soccer matches because it claims at
least some players are using boots made of kangaroo leather.
director Juliet Gellatley, who attended a conference on the kangaroo
at the University of NSW in last July said: "I don't think
they (the manufacturers) give a whatsit where they get the skins
from. But what does matter to them is being embarrassed in the
public eye, and their image. We are calling on all British football
players to help end this butchery and boycott kangaroo leather