Although many of these comments online were positive, activists from both the Humane Society International Australia and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggested that Tonkins should be sacked from his role as elephant keeper.
PETA coordinator Claire Fryer went as far to suggest Tonkins should be prosecuted for his actions, in comments made to APN.
Has PETA jumped on that guy for punching that kangaroo???
Taronga Zoo said it “strongly opposes the striking of animals”, and supports government guidelines on what actions people should take “in the event of confrontation with a kangaroo”.
The New South Wales Office of Environment & Heritage guidelines say people should “not allow your dog to approach a kangaroo. Kangaroos will vigorously defend themselves against dogs, and this may draw you into a dangerous situation”.
In a threatening situation, the Office say people should “move well clear” of an aggressive kangaroo, and “Try not to attract the kangaroo’s attention” while keeping “your head and arms low”.