There are a lot of people out there that strongly disagree with the zoo’s decision, as well as Tonkins’ original decision to punch the kangaroo. Many citing the dog was out of harm’s way before Tonkins threw a punch. The photos above and below were taken before Tonkins punched the kangaroo, and they clearly show the dog has already made his escape.
In Tonkins’ defense, it’s not like he beat the kangaroo senseless or even injured him in any apparent way. He threw a half-hearted punch and got the hell out of there.
The clip is part of a larger documentary film sold in newsagents in regional Australia. The film follows a group of men on a hunting trip. And while hunting is admittedly far less cruel than modern-day slaughterhouses, I can’t say I’m a fan of hunting.
I could never ever in a million years go out and kill an animal living peacefully in nature. No thanks; I’ll stick to the fruits and veggies. So now I’m thinking… if you hadn’t been out hunting innocent animals, your dog wouldn’t have been in danger.
But is that your dog’s fault? Of course not, and of course the dog still deservers to be saved. And is my anti-hunting attitude that of most people around the world? No, and so I step off my soapbox and continue to unravel this odd series of events that ended with a kangaroo getting punched in the face.
The hunting trip was organized for a young man named Kailem who was suffering from a rare bone cancer known as Ewing sarcoma.
I think most people would punch a kangaroo (or any other animal, even another dog) in order to save their dog. The real question is, if you were in Tonkins’ situation and the kangaroo had already released your dog… would you still proceed to throw a punch?