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  I don't like the idea of stingray shoes
Updated 11 December 2003, 10.06
Stingray shoes
Shoes made from stingrays have gone on sale in time for Christmas.

In her report Dana thinks it's wrong and says stingrays could become endangered if they're used to make shoes.

"I am not a vegetarian or an animal activist.

I do eat meat and I don't think that it is wrong to hunt deer and to eat cows and chickens.

But that is only because, here at least, the populations of these animals are booming.

But for clothing I greatly disagree.


When I heard that stingrays were being used to make shoes, I was outraged especially since I have studied and come to love these creatures.

A stingray
A stingray
The stingray population is not in any harm, as of now, but they are not booming.

I think for this reason, it is wrong to kill these animals for shoes.

I think this is how it started out for all endangered animals.

Unless the animal species is very productive, like the deer and cow, that animal will slowly become extinct or endangered.

Could become popular

At first it may start out with only a couple of hundred of these shoes being made.

Then people might start to love this new leather, so they will start constantly hunting these animals.

As this hunting increases, the species population will decrease.

Too far

Now, I'm not saying that these animals will surely become extinct because of these shoes.

But I am warning the human race to be careful.

Please don't let this go too far."

Dana, 14, USA

Why don't you write us a Press Pack report - and get it published on the site?!

It can be about anything that's happened in your local area - or your views on the news.

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