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Circus Holding Event Has Abysmal History of Animal Welfare Violations
For Immediate Release:January 31, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Oxford, Miss. -- PETA has lodged urgent complaints with
Oxford Police Chief Joey East, officials of the Oxford-Lafayette Humane
Society, and the Mississippi National Guard urging them to forbid any boxing
matches between a human and a kangaroo put on by the Star Family Circus, which
is scheduled to perform at the National Guard Armory in Oxford on February 13.
In the complaints, PETA points out that forcing kangaroos to box with humans
violates the city's statutes prohibiting cruelty to animals because it is known
to be traumatic to these naturally gentle animals. In addition, kangaroos kept
for such events have developed stress-related illnesses and physical conditions
and have even died. The Oxford City Code clearly states that "[i]t shall
be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor any wild animal within the city
limits." The code also prohibits inflicting unjustifiable suffering upon
animals. The Star Family Circus has a long history of animal welfare
violations, including denying kangaroos adequate veterinary care.
"Physical fights between humans and kangaroos—or any
other animals—have no place in modern society and certainly not in Oxford,
where they're clearly illegal," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive
Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "We are asking Oxford to take
immediate action to stop this archaic and illegal spectacle."
In kangaroo boxing, the skittish animals are taunted into
defending themselves under conditions that are unnatural, unfamiliar, and
detrimental to their health. At least two kangaroos used for boxing matches in
circus performances have died while touring, one from complications of
"lumpy jaw," a disease that can result from extreme crowding, poor
hygiene and diet, and stressful conditions.
Ind., and Oakland, Calif., have shut down kangaroo boxing matches because
they violated their respective laws.
information, please visit PETA.org.
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