Saturday, December 22, 2012
Indonesia police looking into pigskin Kickers
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police in the Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia say they have received a complaint against Kickers footwear company saying it labeled its shoes “halal” despite some being made with pig skin.
Jakarta Police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said Friday two people who bought the shoes at a mall in the capital claimed they found the words “pig skin lining” written on the tags.
They said one of the reasons they purchased the shoes was because they had a sticker saying the pair was “halal,” or religiously approved. Pigs and all of their parts are considered “haram,” or forbidden, under Islam.
When contacted by The Associated Press for comment, the local distributor of Kickers apologized through its lawyer, saying they mistakenly labeled the products.
Police are investigating what action to take.