Nike and Puma flouting California ban on selling kangaroo leather goods, animal rights group claims

State’s government concedes it has not enforced ban as group calls for crackdown over alleged violations of law

The California government has acknowledged it has been unable to enforce its ban on selling kangaroo leather products, after an animal protection group alleged sports retailers and manufacturers, including Nike and Puma, were selling football boots made from the Australian marsupial’s skin there.

An investigation by the Center for a Humane Economy found 93% of “dominant” online retailers were “illegally” sending kangaroo leather products into California, which has banned their import and sale since 2015.

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