No friends for PETA as readers back roo puncher
ANIMAL rights group PETA has condemned the actions of a man filmed punching a kangaroo, saying he should be prosecuted not hailed a national hero.
"Punching a kangaroo in the face is neither brave nor funny, it's illegal, as is harassing native wildlife with dogs,'' PETA's campaign coordinator Claire Fryer said.
"This incident reportedly occurred as a pack of dogs were running loose, following the trail of a boar while the hunters followed safely in their ute behind.
"Allowing a pack of hunting dogs to run uncontrolled through a group of native animals is highly irresponsible and also goes against all advice from authorities.
"As the kangaroo was punched after the dog was already well clear of his grasp, this was a totally unnecessary act,'' Ms Fryer said in a statement to Australian Regional Media.
"The man in this video should be prosecuted instead of being made out to be a national hero," she said.
What do you think about this? Were his actions justified? Here's what you said on Facebook:
Cathy Waters - "OMG, really? The roo got to fight for another day, a dog was rescued and a man got his dog back in one piece. Nobody would've known about it if it was not filmed. There are more important things to be charging people with, more important things to be concerned about. An animal got punched in the nose, big deal. PETA stop wasting Court time.
Chris Pearson - "PETA would want some one prosecuted for swatting a fly. They are a bunch of sooks and I feel they shouldn't even have a say on the matter."
Roudi Blunsdon - "Did you know it's not illegal to protect a animal or human from death or injury by using aggression and violence if the opposing party started the violent and aggressive behaviour. Let them charge him, it will get thrown out of court and he'll get another headline in the news."
Tracey Foster - "He didn't kill the roo...he punched it. I would have done the same thing. Good on ya mate. I can see that both dogs had the roo bailed up so it would have felt threatened but it's still alive. Obviously it's the first thing the man thought to do."
Stewart Mrsfb - "Would they have been happier if he had shot the roo instead, to save his dog? The roo is alive unhurt, the dog is alive and unhurt same with the guy. Everyone is happy, except PETA."
Maryanne Hobby - "Oh for goodness sake, the kangaroo is fine. He had to show it who was boss before it tried to rip him apart."
Rob Maddox - "If he shot it? No issue because he's legally allowed. But stun it with a punch and the world goes mad, lol."
Cam Jay - "Nothing cruel about it. A man defending his defenceless pet with equal or lesser force."
Sara White - "No good do gooder's. Get a life PETA group, you're just as bad as the Greens."
Save Bundamba Creek - "These stupid comments are not surprising given the violence in Ipswich and the blatant disregard for the environment...and they call Ipswich a 'smart city'. Lol."