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Monday, August 1, 2011

Kangaroo boxing show goes on despite PETA opposition



Source: (AHN) Reporter: Windsor Genova Location: Kissimmee, FL, United States

Published: July 31, 2011 06:39 pm EDT

Topics: Crime, Law And Justice, Justice And Rights, Human Interest, Curiosity, Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Entertainment
Authorities are not stopping a Florida show featuring a boxing match between a circus artist and the only boxing kangaroo in the U.S. despite opposition by the animal rights protection group PETA.
Javier Martinez and Rocky the kangaroo got the green light to proceed with their show in the Kissimmee circus as the the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found no signs of animal abuse and violation of the law upon inspection of the performers.

The Florida State Boxing Commission, which was also asked by PETA to stop the show, could not intervene because its jurisdiction only covers human boxers.

Martinez, 52, has been doing the show around the U.S. since the mid-1990s. He said Rocky is not trained to punch and fight but only moves its paws to simulate boxing.

PETA legal fellow Carney Anne Chester claimed that forcing the kangaroo to wear a boxing outfit and harassing it into fighting is cruel and illegal in Florida so the show must stop.
Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/90055847?Kangaroo%20boxing%20show%20goes%20on%20despite%20PETA%20opposition#ixzz1Tlzrljgl

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