Below is PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien’s response to the situation:
“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.”
The two kangaroos “Todd” and Margo” are the newest additions to the family’s Brett’s Barn project, which they started in honor of their late niece Sadie Brett Boyer. In February 2017, the power couple shared the sad news that their niece, the daughter of Caroline’s brother Bo Boyer and his wife Ellen, had passed away at just 7-months-old. The youngster suffered from multiple heath problems including heart issues and an infection that had impacted her liver.
As a tribute to her memory, the Bryan family started up ‘Brett’s Barn’ on their Tennessee property. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Luke revealed that the living memorial to their niece coordinates with local charities to bring kids out to visit and interact with the animals.
In addition to Brett’s Barn, Luke and Caroline have also thrown their support behind The Brett Boyer Foundation, which was created by Brett’s loving parents.
“I wouldn’t change Brett for the world, but I do want to change the world for her and all of her friends with DS [Down syndrome],” Ellen explained in a heartfelt message posted on the organization’s official website.
The Brett Boyer Foundation’s goal is as follows:
“The mission of the Brett Boyer Foundation is to raise awareness for children with Congenital Heart Disease and Down Syndrome through the funding of advanced, targeted research to improve patients’ lives and to provide education, housing and financial support to affected families.”
So far, Luke has not officially responded to PETA’s statement.