The circus has events ranging from the Elephant Extravaganza to the White Tiger Spectacular. One event, though, The Boxing Kangaroo, has caught the attention of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
They claim that Javier Martinez, the kangaroo owner, has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act for putting Rocky, the kangaroo, in physical torment. Also they say that Martinez has broken state law by operating in California without a permit and for causing animal-human combat.
PETA has filed their complaint with the California Fish and Game Department in an attempt to stop the circus. Javier claimed that this accusation was misplaced when he told Orlando Sentinel, “PETA knows nothing about Kangaroos. What we do on stage is play with the animal. We don’t taunt him. He sits on the back legs and moves the front paws back and forth because it is his natural behavior.”
Cuinn Griffin, the director of the circus, said, “Martinez has no violations and has never been cited. We do not put someone in the ring to fight the kangaroo. It’s not a boxing match. There is no violence whatsoever. These PETA reps have never seen the act.”
PETA also claims that two kangaroos have died within the circus as they were touring around California. They have produced no evidence for this statement and the circus denies it.
The California Fish and Game has inspected the Circus twice and have found no Kangaroos. Inspectors will watch the zoo’s performances to make sure that there is no cruel kangaroo fight, especially since there is no permit for the Kangaroo.
Delcianna Winders, PETA’s director said, “Forcing kangaroos to box is an act that should have gone out with the cruel carnivals and freak shows of the early twentieth century. Restraining and terrorizing a kangaroo is obviously cruel and in California it’s also illegal.”