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Hollywood producers are releasing a short film urging Nike to ditch kangaroo leather. 

Gavin Polone – producer of Gilmore Girls – and Emmy-winning sports editor Derek Ambrosi have partnered to create the film’.

Using reverse sequencing, the film begins with a football player’s boot kicking a ball into a goal. Then, it chronologically looks back through the retail supply chain and manufacturing process, to the Australian wildlands where kangaroos are shot and stripped of their skin.

‘Well-intentioned consumers’

Polone said: “I wanted to expose the bloody truth that’s being hidden from well-intentioned consumers who may have no idea how their ‘K-leather’ shoes are being made.

“Nike can no longer hide their responsibility for this atrocity.”

Kangaroos ‘are also the victims of the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet’.

‘They urgently need help’

Moreover, the film will air on three continents and has already garnered political support. 

Australian politician Mark Pearson adds: “It’s fantastic to see Hollywood heavyweights getting behind the plight of the kangaroo because they urgently need help.

“A lot of people don’t even know that kangaroo populations are declining, let alone that Australia kills its own national emblem for profit.

He also described the short film as an ‘eye-opener for people all across the world’.

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Urge Nike to ditch kangaroo leather

Moreover, a petition calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrisson to ban kangaroo leather has already attracted thousands of signatures.

It states: “Kangaroos are one of Australia’s most iconic, loved and unique animals. They are also the victims of the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet.”

“The World wept for our wildlife after the 2019 Black Summer bushfires. And yet, here in Australia, it was business as usual for the commercial kangaroo industry. “

The petition also says: “State and Federal Governments saw no problem with the continued slaughter of kangaroos. Some states – including NSW – increased their commercial slaughter quotas.

You can sign the petition urging Nike to ditch kangaroo leather here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.