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Some sports like American football and cricket use balls that are made out of leather. I'm sure there are probably a few other sports but none come to mind. What are your views on vegans playing/participating in these sports and would you play if asked to?
 

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Soccer balls used to be made from animal products too but now the balls are made from a superior synthetic source.
I think that trend is likely to spread to other sports.

And since there are almost always vegan options for casual and lower division use, I have no problem with supporting or playing sports that may have traditionally used materials that came from animals.

Vegan, fair trade, environmentally friendly football for sale here: http://fairtradesportsretail.com/Eco...B001ASCRUM.htm
vegan, fair trade, eco rugby ball here: http://fairtradesportsretail.com/Eco...B001QGJ6NE.htm
Vegan baseball glove here: http://www.carpentertrade.com/material.html
Here's a list of more synthetic options for sports and other things: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.htm#Balls
 

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Wow, I never thought about this before! I think that everyone- no matter what diet choice or lifestyle choice- should be able to participate in any sport that they chose to. If I were playing football, I would purchase a vegan football for myself but I would use the non vegan one during the games. One would not really be contributing to the death of an animal; but I see how this is controversial.

The thought of using an animal's skin to turn into a ball that will be kicked and torn up really disgusts me. I never thought about that.
 

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Even if someone bought their own balls they wouldnt be used in games.
There's definitely a joke there but... I'll stick to my point...

Maybe they'll change the rules and let you use a nonleather ball (or other item) or maybe not, but you never know till you try.
Eventually, someone breaks through and is allowed to use a vegan option.
Example: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/...s_nyy&c_id=nyy
 

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Yeah they are very different from the weight lifting ones. http://www.ten-o.com/xq/asp/deptId.9...qx/product.htm The tape ones are what they do in practice if they are getting "rips" on their palms (like a hole in the skin..painful and common from the bars) but once she hits level 5 they have to use the grips., tape ones are not allowed in competition
and without them her hands would be a bloody mess

still looking but not having much luck...
 

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3000 cows are killed every year just to make footballs for the NFL. I was horrified when I found that out, but I wouldn't expect a vegan to give up a career in the NFL based off of this. If attitudes change, then hopefully synthetic materials will become commonplace, and the best way to change stuff like this is as an insider, not an outsider.

I'm trying to think of all the sports I play now, and figure if everything is vegan or not...
 

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This sexy man is a vegan and PETA activist, all star football player:



http://tonygonzalez88.com/

and I watched him catch a leather football all evening.....not sure what his perspective is on it.
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In 2007, Tony Gonzalez signed a 5 year deal worth $35 million, $17 million of which is guaranteed.
It's his job, doubt he'd gonna give up millions of dollars for balls. Oh wait, he's vegan.... hmmm, maybe I should write him.
 

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the best way to change stuff like this is as an insider, not an outsider.
I agree with this.

There's plenty of reason to think that the tide will turn eventually due to two factors: 1) more vegan-identified players and otherwise compassionate players and 2) better synthetic products.

To Kris - before the new vegan ballet slipper had been invented would you have had the same anger for ballet dancers as you have for today's football players? How about for backcounty hikers/campers who used down sleeping bags before synthetics got good?
 
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