|D’Arcy Norman | cc by 2.0|
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 conditions.