OXFORD, Miss.--The circus is coming to town in Oxford and they're bringing an act that offends animal rights activists. PETA is now urging the Oxford Police Dept. to put a stop to boxing matches between a kangaroo and humans.
You probably remember one of the most well-known Beverly Hillbillies episodes where Granny mistakes a Kangaroo for a giant jack rabbit and the two end up in fisticuffs in the back yard. Well, PETA says Kangaroo boxing is no laughing matter.
"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," said a press release.
The Star Family Circus is set to be in town Feb. 13.
"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," said 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."
The press release reads:
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.
PETA said it has been successful in shutting down similar matches in Columbus, Ind. and Oakland, Calif.