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Millions of kangaroos are shot for their skins every year in Australia, and orphaned babies and wounded adults are decapitated or hit sharply on the head to destroy their brains. When hunters kill a mother kangaroo with a baby in her pouch, the baby is often yanked from the mother's lifeless body and stomped to death or left to writhe in agony. Allowing kangaroo skins to be sold in California would threaten the species' existence; kangaroo populations have been dwindling and are now the lowest they have been in more than a decade. An increased demand for kangaroo skin will further jeopardize Australia's dwindling kangaroo populations.
Kangaroos need your voice. Just like dogs, cats, and other animals, kangaroos feel pain and suffer and deserve to be protected from needless suffering and death. The California Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee passed the bill on May 8, allowing it to move forward to voting by the full senate. SB 880 will be voted on by June 8, so kangaroos urgently need your voice.
Please, help stop SB 880 and protect kangaroos by writing to the California Chamber of Commerce, letting it know you oppose SB 880 and will leave California out of your future travel plans if this bill is passed. Remind them that kangaroos are not throw rugs, purses, jackets, or shoes.
California Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Dominic DiMare
Mr. Dave Kilby
Mr. Robert Lapsley
Mr. Drew Savage
Mr. Vince Sollitto
Mr. Allan Zaremberg
Ms. Ann Amioka
Ms. Jeanne Cain
Ms. Erika Frank
Ms. Valerie Nera
Ms. Susanne Stirling
I urge everyone to watch the documentary "Earthlings". It is A Devastating Documentary on Humanity's Lack of Respect for Other Living Creatures.