There is a debate about kangaroo boxing at the Warren County Fair. After we posted photos of the event on Facebook, many of you told us what you thought. Some called it disgusting and cruel. Others said, it's funny.
"Shake hands. Come on Jack be nice. Woahhh."
This is Jack. This red kangaroo has been part of the Star Family Circus for about seven years performing in the boxing act. An act that many people are saying is wrong.
"I feel bad for the kangaroo because he just wanted down. He was trying to take off the gloves," said 11 years old Mackenzie Tolliver.
"My biggest hope is that absolutely that they're taking excellent care of it. That it has adequate housing facilities. I'm sure they would have to to have it here," said Jamie Martin.
The owner of the circus says they would never do anything to hurt the kangaroo.
"We take wonderful care of our baby," said Owner of the Star Family Circus Cathy English.
English says two or three times a year people will go home from a show and file complaints with animal rights organizations.
"USDA rushes over to inspect the beat up animal and they say there's nothing wrong with your animal and I say I know that," said English.
"The USDA which enforces the Federal Animal Welfare Act despite finding repeatedly siting exhibitors who use kangaroos for boxing various violations continue to allow them to operate," said PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
Winders says kangaroos are very skittish and gentle animals. After watching this video, Winders says, you can tell the kangaroo doesn't want to do this.
"The kangaroo doesn't want to come out of the enclosure and he has to be forced out and forced up as well. You can also see parts where the kangaroo is being shoved and dragged around," said Winders.
Winders says at least two kangaroos have died while touring on the road performing in this type of act.
"At this point the laws protecting these animals are so minimal. It's unlikely that any action is going to be taken," said Winders.
"We love that baby," said English.
This is the first year the Warren County Fair has had kangaroo boxing. We spoke with the president of the Warren County Fair tonight and here's what she told us about it.
"It's not being hurt. I think the lady has the correct paperwork with her so that's all we expect. I just welcome people to come and view for themselves. They can see for themselves that everything is fine," said Warren County Fair President Joye Wood.
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