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Furor Erupts Over Boxing Kangaroos

Written by PETA | July 25, 2011

Update: PETA has filed a complaint with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding Rocky’s suffering, and the agency has confirmed that it has opened an investigation into the matter. We have not received word from the commission on their findings yet, but members of the boxing community are weighing in on the matter – UFC welterweight Thiago Alves is spreading the word on Twitter. Please join him in pushing for Rocky’s rescue.


Please thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for pursuing an investigation and let the commission know that you find the act cruel and objectionable. Call the commission at 1-888-404-3922 or submit a comment here

It’s hard to believe that anyone would haul around a diapered, distressed kangaroo and force him to box, but exhibitor Javier Martinez, who is currently traveling with the Piccadilly Circus, is doing just that. PETA has sent a complaint to the Florida State Boxing Commission (FSBC) and the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation urging them to intervene to stop the illegal “Rocky Show Circus,” which is traveling throughout Florida. Boxing matches must be licensed by the FSBC, and there is no evidence that Martinez has complied.


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Martinez, who dresses up a kangaroo named Rocky and taunts him into fighting back, has been repeatedly cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide adequate veterinary care and safe animal enclosures. Rocky is clearly stressed and has charged people during photo shoots, chewed on his own arm, and attempted to flee the ring during the act.

At least two kangaroos used in Martinez’s boxing act have died while touring with a circus, including one who died while traveling with UniverSoul Circus from complications of a deadly bacterial disease called “lumpy jaw,” which can result from severe crowding, poor hygiene, poor diet, and stressful conditions.

Please only attend innovative, exciting circuses that don’t exploit animals, like Cirque du Soleil. Here’s a complete list

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • newwoman says:

    Now he’s in Indiana. He’ll be in Columbus IN Jan 19-20. I am disgusted.

  • Hanna says:

    This is so wrong..

  • EB says:

    I was at this show last night. The Kangaroo was so docile and did not want to fight. The man holding the leash acutually reached under the animal’s tail and poked him in the anus several times to get him mad enough to fight. I was SICK, it made me cry. We need to help this poor animal. This is SOOOO wrong!

  • Ray in VA says:

    Never in my life have I ever seen anything so crule done to an animal… What kind of sick …. world are we living in… We actually have people in the world that would allow this to happen… Sick just sick… I hope someday the Circus owners die a painful and slow death.

  • traverten eskitme says:

    during photo shoots, chewed on his own arm, and attempted to flee the ring during the act.

  • Lesley says:

    This is totally wrong using our australian kangaroo our national icon GO PETA please help save our Roo’s from this sort of violence. Thanks

  • Little Mimi says:

    I to hope PETA can stop this egregious cruelty. It also takes the millions of people such as you and me to make sure we do our part we can send letters, boycott all Circus’s….. I hope to see in my life time I am 43 years old, and end to all animal cruelty in a lab, on TV and even a boxing ring. I will spend the rest of my life speaking, sending out information to others and support organizations that work hard to end animal suffering Thanks PETA for bringing information to your website so I can do my part…..

  • Paula says:

    Piccadilly circus also has ailing elephants ,that where the subject of the animal rights foundation of florida protest recently here in ft.lauderdale fla.

  • paula says:

    poor rocky ,how sadistic and sad ,when is it enough for these abuses to stop ?

  • ARB says:

    Shame on the Americans who attend this spectacle No support = No “Boxing Circus”

  • love says:

    Here are my animals in entertainment soglans:Befriend not beaten and Have amusement without abuse. I Feel 100% strongly about animals in entertainment they really suffer alot and alot of these animals end up dead. I am Vegatarian.

  • Hayley says:

    What the heck is wrong with humans??? #1 – Who on earth would THINK about doing something like this? #2 – Who on earth would want to SEE this?? These people are pathetic, just pathetic. I have no other words. Just pathetic. Grow up, people.

  • battlefield 3 says:

    zoos should be abolished. it’s really sick and twisted.

  • Lisa says:

    I hope Peta can stop this cruelty this is terrible to think what Rocky is going through, Peta members are not just in the US im in the UK and many others around the world, is there anything we can do to help Rocky? Can we email this animal abuser? you can leave a message off his websitewould that help?

  • Karly says:

    Wow i honestly would think this was a joke.That man needs to be stopped for this animal cruelty and just his plain stupidity.

  • michelle says:

    How is this horrific ‘show’ still taking place? this is ANIMAL ABUSE pure & simple, and how someone has not stopped this immediately and prosecuted the idiot responsible is an absolute outrage.

  • Mo says:

    How anyone can find animal abuse entertaining is shameful.

  • Animal Cruelty Advocate says:

    This practice is an unnecessary and should be terminated immediately! Spread the word asap!

  • Tricia says:

    How can this be allowed? This is atrocious! Where are government regulators when you need them?

  • DWD says:

    It seems that if there is a living creature in the vicinity of humans the humans will find a way to use and/or abuse that creature, so sad that they don’t use their imaginations for better more productive ways that benfit good rather than evil


    cruel e inhumano . la gente abusa mucho de los animales y eso debe estar penado con castigos

  • Christine says:

    The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me! This is rigged so the human wins. Come on USDA wake up!

  • cathala Corine says:

    It is devilish to make it

  • Shaun says:

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? IS THIS FOR REAL? I am shocked and disgusted to see that photo of the poor kangaroo being hit. This is beating an animal for entertainment and money, please Peta tell me this is illegal. Tell me children are not watching this. I am in tears and outrage over this! What is wrong with people, I can hardly take it, I feel sick and my heart is aching.

  • Get Real says:

    I’m Australian and I find this very distressing and offensive. How can that be allowed?!

  • Buffybites says:

    Disgusting. So shameful. So sad. Hope the kangaroo knocks the dick head out!

  • Freddy says:

    Just when I think I’ve heard it all. When will the madness stop???

  • Romy says:

    How can they be this cruel? Someone stop this now! 🙁