Kangaroo Dies At Dublin Disco?

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Animal Cruelty, In the News
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Photo: AP

I swear I am not making this up.

Popping into a local shop in Cork, Ireland recently, I came across several newspaper headlines that immediately caught my attention. Big, bold font, bright red colours, and together they collectively read to the effect:

“Man Denies Killing Kangaroo with Drink and Ecstasy at Dublin Disco.”

My first reaction? I was simply dumbfounded. So.. Many.. Questions. Let’s start with how many things are wrong with the above headline?

  1. Having a kangaroo in a disco.
  2. Giving an animal drugs.
  3. Giving an animal alcohol.
  4. Potentially killing an animal with drugs and alcohol.
  5. Finding yourself in position to have to deny you killed an animal with drugs and alcohol at a disco.

While attempting to shake off my multi-layered disorientation, I began to read several of the included articles, but this only lead to further confusion, then irritation, then full blown anger with each passing paragraph.

From The Daily Mail:

Detectives questioned a circus owner today about allegations that a wallaby died after being plied with ecstasy and drink at a birthday disco.

The marsupial was let loose among more than 150 revellers dancing at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley, west Dublin, to the theme tune of Australian television show Skippy The Bush Kangaroo.

Video of the incident was uploaded to Facebook which The Irish Times described as finishing with “a man simulating a sexual act on the animal,” much to the delight of the other guests. Meanwhile, a circus, sited 500 metres away from the hotel, denied they’d ever allow their animals to be in a disco, contrary to another report which claimed this would not be the first time the circus had received a similar disco-related accusation.

It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?

Whether the allegations regarding the intoxication death of the kangaroo (much less the allegations against the circus) prove to be true, this whole story, the fact that someone – I assume sober – thought it a good idea to bring a wild animal into a disco in the first place, remains exceptionally disturbing. How can anyone be so oblivious?

Traumatizing an animal for the sole purpose of human entertainment? Since animal-based circuses are still in business, perhaps that’s a stupid question.

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Comments
  1. Wow. I mean…..wow.
    That’s pathetic. Your post was hilariously written, but yea-the content is horrible!
    What the fuck is wrong with people?
    I mean, I gather that’s the point of your blog. This is my first time here, cool place.

    • natinanorton says:

      Yeah. All joking aside, that was pretty much my reaction to this story. Hard to believe these people exist, but then if they didn’t, I wouldn’t have this blog to write, eh?

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Natina

  2. Holy shit. I’m… speechless. Seriously?

    • natinanorton says:

      My thoughts exactly. Unfortunately there hasn’t been an update on this story yet so still no word on where the kangaroo came from or what happen to it afterward.

      Either way, humans are… well, you know. 🙂

      Natina

  3. Bob says:

    What the hell is wrong with some people??? Seriously I am just flabbergasted by the level upon level of bad judgment shown here.

  4. amandasperspective says:

    Great post, entertaining and well written, but also terribly sad. How awful that people could be so cruel for their own entertainment 😦 Thanks for sharing!

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