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Did You Know: Adidas Predator Boots Are Made Of Kangaroo

The kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia; they are a famed creature indigenous to the island and are a huge tourist attraction. But that is not the only purpose they serve, they are harvested for their meat, fur but mostly their leather.

Nearly 7 million kangaroos are culled each year, with most of the leather destined for the football pitch. Its unique structure allows it to be cut down to a very thin substance whilst retaining considerable strength and studies have shown that it is one of the strongest leathers available, having 10 times the tensile strength of cow hide.

The material's unique properties allow the material to stretch and mould to the player's foot, offering a glove like fit, whilst also offering a great contact with the ball. Adidas is the leading commercial consumer of Kangaroo leather and use it in a variety of their boots.

The first boot to sport the leather was the Adidas Predators, pioneered by Liverpool Midfielder Craig Johnston in 1993. Johnston cut his ties with Adidas five years ago as he no longer agreed with killing kangaroos. He believes the future of the football boot lies in synthetic materials.

The boots that are adorned by the sports top players are sold by the masses to their fans who want to emulate their favourite players. This is what feeds the demand for kangaroo culling. It is a topic that has sparked controversy worldwide.

Animal Rights protesters worldwide argue that the culling leaves a huge number of young kangaroos without mothers and this is causing a rapid decline in the species. Although the industry claims the animals are killed quickly and painlessly, protesters argue this is not the case and widespread animal cruelty is taking place across Australia.