Last week we reported on a kangaroo named Rocky who is being forced to box a human in a traveling circus show. PETA had contacted the Florida State Boxing Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission but none of those organizations are going to step in to stop it. The boxing matches will continue.
The authorities claim to have found no animal abuse in violation with the law. (Seriously? Does boxing a kangaroo not count as abuse in this country?) And the Florida State Boxing Commission says that they only regulate human boxers.
Javier Martinez, the organizer behind the show, claims that Rocky is not trained to punch or fight but just to move his paws in a way that mimics boxing.
PETA’s position is that this show is illegal in Florida due to it being cruel to harass a Kangaroo into fighting. In the past, Rocky has attempted to flee the ring and has shown other signs of stress like charging at people and chewing on his own arm. PETA wants the show to stop now.
Sadly, Martinez’s kangaroo boxing circus is not new to this country. He has been touring his show since the 90’s.