Animals are Not Ours

Animals are Not Ours

Hey, Wilmington Blue Rocks: Cancel the 'Monkey Rodeo,' Already

In "cowboy monkey rodeos," capuchin monkeys are dressed in demeaning costumes and strapped onto dogs who are then made to "race" around a track at speeds of up to 30 mph. The dogs are trained to start and stop abruptly so that the monkeys, who cling desperately to them, are violently jerked around.

PETA keeps telling minor-league baseball team the Wilmington Blue Rocks why these "rodeos" are extremely cruel to the animals involved, but it's still planning to host the rodeo again this summer on July 24 and 25.

The team is aware that monkeys used for these events have typically been taken from their mothers shortly after birth and thrown into loud, chaotic venues, where they're forced to engage in uncomfortable and confusing types of behavior.


Plus, Tim Lepard, the guy who operates the rodeo, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over and over again for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, which requires only the bare minimum of care for animals, anyway. These monkeys are denied basic care and deprived of everything natural and important to them, yet the team is acting like it couldn't care less.

The abuse inherent in these rodeos is very obvious, and no compassionate person would mind if these completely unnecessary acts of cruelty to animals were canceled.

Tell the Wilmington Blue Rocks to cancel the upcoming "cowboy monkey rodeo" immediately, and ask the team to replace the event with an activity that doesn't involve animals.

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