Stop Kangaroo Boxing in Florida
  • Petitioned Nick Wiley

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Nick Wiley

Stop Kangaroo Boxing in Florida

    1. Laura Goldman
    2. Petition by

      Laura Goldman

      Torrance, CA

As the theme from the movie Rocky blares, a kangaroo wearing gloves and trunks is pulled by a leash into a boxing ring. The crowd cheers as the kangaroo “boxes” a man.

The Rocky Show Circus, which is based in Florida and holds fights across the country, is “as educational as it is entertaining,” according to its Myspace page. 

PETA and other animal advocates beg to differ. Javier Martinez, who runs the circus, has been cited several times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to provide veterinary care for his kangaroos. At least two of the animals have died. One suffered from a condition called “lumpy jaw,” caused by stress, poor hygiene and an inadequate diet.

Incredibly, there are no laws against kangaroo fighting in Florida. PETA originally asked the state boxing commission to stop the show, but the commission only deals with human boxing. The boxing commission asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to investigate the treatment of the kangaroos, which the FWC is in the process of doing.

Kangaroo boxing is not educational, and the animals in Martinez’s circus have a history of suffering. Tell the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that this show simply cannot go on.

Photo credit: Ester Inbar


Recent signatures


    1. Boxing Kangaroo Show Goes On Despite PETA Protests

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      None of the agencies PETA asked to stop the show found the exhibitor in violation of the law, and the exhibitor says PETA is ignorant about kangaroos. Please sign the petition to let them know kangaroo boxing is cruel and unacceptable.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Florida FWC Confirms Investigation into the Rocky Circus Show

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      PETA is reporting that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed its investigation into the kangaroo boxing show. UFC welterweight Thiago Alves is also spreading the word via Twitter.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Rocky Show Circus a Horror for Boxing Kangaroo

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      In the Rocky Show Circus, a kangaroo, decked out in gloves and trunks and restrained by a leash, is forced into a staged boxing match with a man.
      The Kissimmee, Fla.-based circus, run by exhibitor Javier Martinez, is "as educational as it is...


    Reasons for signing

    • Ruth Serra CLEARWATER, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      "All beings tremble before violence.

      All fear death, all love life. See

      yourself in others. Then whom can

      you hurt? What harm can you do?"


      • about 3 years ago

      I have never heard of anything so absurd, end this cruel expoitation of animals now!

      • over 3 years ago

      Just terrible....

      • over 3 years ago

      this is just disguisting. nothing amusing about this whatsoever. just teardropping sad. people who do this, and people who come to watch this are cold, useless ones.

      • over 3 years ago

      I'm very heart broken with the email I just received from the FWC.

      On behalf of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the “Piccadilly Circus” and it’s kangaroo boxing act “Rocky the Boxing Kangaroo.”

      The (FWC) is charged with regulating wildlife in Florida. This incident came to FWC’s attention on July 14, 2011, via a representative of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations. FWC law enforcement staff investigated the alleged violation of animal cruelty and public safety, by conducting interviews, internet searches of previously recorded shows, and viewing and recording a live show. On July 14, 2011, law enforcement staff inspected the kangaroo, it’s travel cage and conducted interviews of the circus staff at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. It is noted, that no violations were observed and the kangaroo appeared in good health. On July 15, 2011, law enforcement staff viewed and recorded a live show involving the kangaroo boxing act at the University of Central Florida Arena. FWC law enforcement staff advised that both the live show and the recorded internet shows demonstrate a trained scripted depiction of a boxing match in which the kangaroo responds to trained queues and “boxes” a trained member of the circus staff. These depictions consists of the trainer keeping his hands up in which the kangaroo makes contact with the trainers hands and wraps it’s arms around the trainer as part of the act. FWC law enforcement staff did not view the kangaroo being struck or any actions either live or on the internet that would constitute violation of animal cruelty or a violation of any other Florida statutes or rules governing wildlife and its care. All individuals that interacted with the kangaroo were experienced members of the “Piccadilly Circus” staff, and no members of the public had contact with the kangaroo or were placed in a public safety situation. A follow-up interview was conducted with the permit holder who assured no members of the public are used in the circus shows nor is the kangaroo ever hit. The investigation is currently concluded.

      As part of the investigation, contact was made with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - APHIS, Animal Care (USDA) in relation to their interaction with the Piccadilly Circus. USDA has completed 11 inspections related to the circus since August 25, 2008. Of these inspections, 5 were conducted at their facility and 6 were conducted while the circus was traveling. The most recent inspection was completed on July 25, 2011 at the facility. There were no noncompliant items identified during the inspection. During the 11 inspections, 6 different USDA inspectors conducted inspections and there were 2 veterinary care citations relating to the attending veterinarian not making regularly scheduled visits to the home facility. There were no animal related problems and the vet care issues cited were considered technical violations that did not impact the health of the animals.

      The FWC's regulations, relative to cage sizes, safety and humane treatment, are among the most stringent in the nation. FWC officers routinely conduct inspections of zoos and circuses to ensure humane treatment and sanitary conditions are in place for the animals, and cage and security requirements are adhered to for public safety. For more information about Florida’s captive wildlife regulations visit: .

      We appreciate your concerns regarding this matter.


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