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H.R. 917: Kangaroo Protection Act of 2021

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Starting in 1971, California has been the only U.S. state to ban sales or imports of products made from kangaroos. The animals are killed in their native Australia and a few other nearby island nations, to be used for sports equipment including soccer cleats and baseball mitts.

California dropped the ban from 2007 to 2015, after lobbying from the Australian government and athletic apparel companies like Adidas. Despite now being legal, David Beckham of the L.A. Galaxy — by far the state’s most famous soccer player during those years — nonetheless stopped wearing footwear made from kangaroo skin following public pressure. The state’s ban resumed again in 2016.

What the bill does

The Kangaroo Protection Act would extend that …

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Salud Carbajal

Sponsor. Representative for California's 24th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021
Length: 7 pages
Feb 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 8, 2021

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18 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 3 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 8, 2021

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