I called and emailed!
Assemblymember Mike Gipson has gutted his gambling bill (AB 1188) and replaced the contents with language that would eliminate California’s decades-long ban on the trade in kangaroo skin and body parts in a sneaky bid to please the Australian government and kangaroo industry.
Kangaroos are in danger, and we need you to contact your state legislators to put a stop to this dangerous bill. YOU CAN USE THIS LINK TO DO SO:
Each year, up to 3 million adult kangaroos and hundreds of thousands of babies, known as “joeys,” are killed and then exported around the world. Mother kangaroos are shot, and joeys are pulled from their dead mothers’ pouches and clubbed, stomped on, shot, decapitated, or simply left alone to die from exposure. These animals are cruelly killed so that the adult kangaroos’ skins can be used to make sports equipment and “luxury” shoes.
Please e-mail your state legislators and urge them to vote NO on any effort to advance this dreadful and underhanded bill.
Then follow up with a phone call to Assemblymember Mike Gipson at 916-319-2064 and urge him to withdraw this bill immediately.
John Di Leonardo
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals