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Keep the Kangaroo off Beck's feet!
David Beckham receives millions of pounds to wear and promote
Adidas products. Up until recently, for each match, he was
given a brand new pair of Adidas Predator kangaroo-skin boots.
In 2006, David swapped kangaroo boots for synthetic ones,
partly in response to our long running campaign. However,
he apparently hasn't ruled out wearing kangaroo skin boots
in the future. Please email him to ask him to keep those
kangaroo boots off his feet for good!
In the meantime, Adidas are still continuing to use kangaroo
leather for many of their football boots, despite the numbers
of kangaroos having fallen by over 57 per cent in the last
four years. Please contact
Adidas and urge them to follow Beck's example.
The History of Viva!'s Beckham Campaign
Viva! has written to David Beckham on several occasions
requesting that he stop wearing and promoting the Adidas
Predator range. We have sent him our video, Killing
for Kicks which shows only too clearly the cruelty
involved in kangaroo-killing - yet he continues to wear
kangaroo-skin Predator boots.
In February 2003, Viva! wrote to David again. Our letter
"If you do not to respond
to this letter with a statement that proves us wrong,
we will be forced to conclude that what you are saying
is, quite simply:
"I don’t care about the world’s wildlife".
Of course actions speak louder than words and nothing would
show the world more clearly that you are an ethical person
than if you were to stop wearing kangaroo-skin boots."
On February 4, 2003, we received a fax from David’s
manager, Tony Stephens, which stated:
"Your letter to David dated
3rd February 2003 arrived this morning.... I will be
in Manchester with David tomorrow evening and will discuss
it with him then."
We wrote David and his new management again in 2004, with
no response. In 2005, there were huge population crashes:
there are now 33 million kangaroos fewer in the areas used
for commercial hunting than just three years ago. Despite
this, a further 3.8 million animals have been earmarked
for killing in 2006, a drop of only a hundred thousand
on 2005. The shocking figures of this new and potentially
disastrous population crash led to Viva!’s findings
being published in the Sunday Times, the Daily Express
and the Star. This has prompted David Beckham to say he
will consider our evidence.
In January 2006, Viva! revealed that David Beckham had
swapped over to synthetic boots. The news made headlines
around the world, including a full-page exposé in
the Independent on Sunday.
We now know that David is fully aware of the cruelty
he was supporting by wearing kangaroo-skin football boots.
Now he has switched to synthetics we want him to keep Australia's
national symbol off his feet for good. Remind him that Ronaldo,
the best football player in the world, wears 100% synthetic
He can be contacted via his manager by post or email. Please keep all messages polite!
c/o 19 Management
35-37 Parkgate Road
Click here for
a list of kangaroo-skin football boots.
Click here for
a list of synthetic football boots.