Colin Candy, with Frances the kangaroo, is standing strong after 12 years of defending his right to have roos in his backyard.
Colin Candy, with Frances the kangaroo, is standing strong after 12 years of defending his right to have roos in his backyard. Valerie Horton

Animal rights group may come to roo man's rescue

AN ANIMAL rights organisation is assessing the merits of Colin Candy's High Court case to see if it can offer legal help to the kangaroo crusader.

A spokeswoman for the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel confirmed the organisation was looking into whether there were grounds for an appeal in the ongoing court battle Mr Candy has waged for more than a decade.

The court case started over a kangaroo named Mitchell, which Mr Candy and his family raised from when it was a joey.

In 2001, officers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service raided the family's Hervey Bay home and took the kangaroo.

Mr Candy, who now owns five kangaroos, had to sell his house to cover his expenses as he travelled between Brisbane and Hervey Bay for court hearings.

He is attempting to seek compensation for mental anguish, the loss of his home and the loss of the kangaroo.



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