PHOENIX - Animal rights activists in Phoenix are staging a protest outside the Arizona State Fair over tonight's performance by a popular country act.
Last week animal activist group SHARK won a court battle and was able to release Troy Gentry's home video showing him killing a captive, tame black bear in Minnesota back in 2006.
"He basically paid somebody money to pretend he was hunting and he killed a tamed bear," said Arizona activist Patricia Cady. "The bear didn't have anywhere to go, there was no chase, there was no hunt."
Gentry, who is part of the Montgomery Gentry country duo, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and paid a $15,000 fine.
Now, several years later, animal rights activists don't want him at the Arizona State Fair.
"To perform at the state fair where there are livestock and small stock is a slap in the face," said Cady.
Kristi Walsh, spokesperson for the Arizona State Fair said they received several complaints regarding Gentry's bear killing.
"We don't have a lot of information yet, we are contacting Artist Management," Walsh said. "The state fair does not condone animal abuse of any kind."
Because of a legal agreement set up last July, Walsh says the show must continue despite customers concerns.
Fair-goers like Lauren Terrelll and Kelsey Miller said last week they wouldn't go to the concert after hearing about the bear killing.
"I would never go to the show again and I probably would not buy another CD from them," Miller said.
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