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Circus Holding Event Has Abysmal History of Animal Welfare Violations
For Immediate Release:January 15, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Natchez, Miss. -- PETA lodged an urgent complaint Maj. Gen.
Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard Armory,
urging him to forbid a kangaroo boxing act put on by the Star Family Circus,
which is scheduled to perform at the National Guard Armory in Natchez from
January 18 to 21. In the complaint, PETA points out that forcing kangaroos to
box with humans is stressful to the naturally gentle animals, that kangaroos
kept for such events have contracted illnesses and died, and that fighting
animals is forbidden under Mississippi law, as is hosting such a fight. PETA
also asks Collins to follow the lead of the Arkansas National Guard, which
called off another circus's performances in four cities after learning of its
appalling record of animal care.
"Forcing kangaroos to box should have gone out with the
cruel carnivals and 'freak shows' of the early 20th century," says PETA
Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
"Restraining and terrorizing a kangaroo is obviously cruel—and in
Mississippi, it also appears to be illegal."
Mississippi law states that "[i]t shall be the duty of
any policeman or other officer of the law, county or municipal, to enter into
any such place kept for such purpose, and to arrest each and every person
concerned or participating therein."
Since 2005, Star Family Circus has been cited by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for nearly two dozen Animal Welfare Act violations
involving kangaroos, including failing to provide a kangaroo with adequate
veterinary care and failing to house a kangaroo in a structurally sound
facility that protects the animal from injury. Two kangaroos used by a
different exhibitor for cruel boxing matches have died while touring—one
kangaroo from complications of a deadly bacterial disease called "lumpy
jaw," which can result from extreme crowding, poor hygiene and diet, and
information, please visit PETA.org.
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