PETA is calling on country singer Luke Bryan to release the two baby kangaroos he got his wife for Christmas. The animal rights’ organization also wants an investigation into how Bryan got the kangaroos in the first place. PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien condemned the artist, saying baby animals are not toys. The kangaroos were given to Caroline for the couple’s personal animal rescue project, called Brett’s Barn, named after the couple’s infant niece who died last year. Here’s the text of the statement:
Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in response to reports that country singer Luke Bryan gave his wife two baby kangaroos for Christmas:
Baby kangaroos belong in their mothers’ pouches, not in gift bags. These joeys have complex needs, including specialized diets and room to roam—they are not toys and will only become more difficult to care for as they grow older. PETA is calling for an investigation into where these kangaroos came from and stands ready to help Luke Bryan right this wrong and move these vulnerable marsupials to a reputable sanctuary.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.”