The circus came to town Wednesday, but not everyone enjoyed the show.
The Piccadilly Circus performed at City Bank Coliseum, but one of their acts had PETA up in arms.
The controversy revolves around a boxing act between a human and a kangaroo. The kangaroo wears boxing gloves and goes toe to toe with his handler. The kangaroo boxing event is run by Rocky Show Circus, but is performed during the Piccadilly Circus events.
Delcianna Winders with PETA says this is animal abuse, not entertainment.
"Forcing a kangaroo to put on a costume and defend himself in a boxing ring in front of a bunch of people is not only cruel, but it's also illegal and we believe Lubbock officials have the authority and responsibility to stop it," Winders said.
Before the event, PETA asked the Lubbock Animal Control to shut it down.
"We'd like see an end to the act. We'd like to see this kangaroo sent to a sanctuary where he can receive the care he needs and not be forced to fight anymore," Winders said.
Lubbock Police attended the event and said they didn't see anything to raise suspicion. If they had, they say they would have shut it down immediately.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 contacted the organizers of the Rocky Show Circus event, but they declined to comment.
Here's what several attendees of the show had to say about the event:
"I didn't think it was too bad. The kids liked it - didn't seem like he got hurt too much," Dustin Pool said.
"I don't know, I didn't really like it. I mean, it didn't look like abuse at all, but he was just strapped up," April Pool said.
"It was uncomfortable," Destiney Mitchell said. "They had him chained up on a leash and I don't think that's right," .
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