Kangaroos Are Not Shoes

We are working to stop Nike from helping to drive the biggest slaughter of wildlife on the planet by being one of the largest buyers of kangaroo skin in the world.

The Issue

We are working to stop the commercial killing, with the approval of the state and federal governments in Australia, of more than two million wild kangaroos annually, mainly to manufacture soccer cleats. When the night shooters slay adult females, the joeys are collateral damage. As prescribed by law, the shooters smash the skulls of the joeys or decapitate them.  (There are more joeys killed than baby harp and hooded seals at the height of the slaughter in Atlantic Canada.) Nike, Adidas, Puma and other companies sell some 64 models of kangaroo skin soccer shoes, creating the demand that drives the commercial killing of these iconic marsupials. Tellingly, these companies use plant-based and synthetic knit, mesh and even fake “k-leather” fabrics in their most popular lines of soccer shoes.

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Nike profits from the slaughter of 2 million wild kangaroos a year for soccer cleats

Read more about our campaign

See Our Cleat Cheat Sheet​ the first ever no-buy-list of kangaroo skin soccer shoes.

The Center for a Humane Economy’s Skin in the Game is an investigation into the illegal trade of kangaroo parts in California.

Actions to Take

Our microsite is a great resource on kangaroos and our campaign

Tell Your Representative

to save the lives of millions of kangaroos a year

Your Organization's Endorsement

can help pass the Kangaroo Protection Act

Sign Our Petition

to tell the Nike CEO to stop profiting from the largest slaughter of land-based wildlife