Written by Jennifer OConnor
Never doubt the
power of your pocketbook: The Piccadilly Circus, which is currently touring
California, is canceling performances left and right, reportedly because of low
ticket sales. PETA's complaint to California officials about the circus's cruel
kangaroo boxing show – which authorities in the state consider illegal – may
also have played a role in the cancelations.
The boxing kangaroo
act entails antagonizing a costumed kangaroo named Rocky into defending himself
against his handler and audience members in a boxing ring. At least two
kangaroos previously used in this act have died—one from a bacterial disease
that can result from severe crowding, poor hygiene, poor diet, and stressful
Help us keep up the pressure: If Piccadilly
Circus is coming to your town, click here for help speaking out against them—and please
don't buy a ticket.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.