Take these sentient beings out of the "Spot Light" and into the "Light" of a sanctuary!!
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There is a form a entertainment that is taking place in Minor League Baseball called Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. This form of entertainment is where a dressed up Capuchin monkey is strapped to a border collie who then chases goats around the field. These chases can ensue speeds up to 30 mph.
Julia Gallucci, a primate expert, from PETA, states "This type of event is very stressful for all the animals involved. Capuchin monkeys are normally a very high strung animal. They are easily stressed and undoubtedly experience trauma while being tossed back and forth at high speeds in front of a screaming crowd."
The monkey is not under control of the handler while "entertaining" the crowd. If the dog should become startled and run off the field or the monkey should get loose from the dog the public could be at risk. Primates transmit deadly diseases and can inflict serious injuries.
A Capuchin monkey kept in captivity is taken from it's mother where serious emotional trauma is done to both the mother and baby. A Capuchin monkey in captivity, as a pet will most likely need to be kept in diapers it's whole life since they are not a very clean animal. To keep from inflicting serious injury owners will have the monkeys canine teeth extracted. There are not many exotic veterinarians that do this practice.
The senior communications director of Minor League Baseball, Jeff Lantz, stated, "Minor League Baseball neither supports nor encourages the practice of using animal acts of any kind, especially animal acts for which the Humane Society has expressed serious concerns, to entertain our great fans."
Although Lantz stated they do not encourage the use of animal acts they cannot legislate control over what may be done in poor taste and that the clubs know they will have to expect backlash from animal rights activists in their parks.
I had the unfortunate event to see this "show" by accident while attending a local Minor League Baseball game with the Frederick Keys of Frederick, Maryland over Memorial Day weekend 2017. My husband, a couple of friends and myself attend a few games throughout the year because we like baseball and it's a time for us to get together and do something outdoors. When we sat down and read the "entertainment" for the night I was in shock and thought of leaving right then and there, but something told me to stay.
I witnessed not one, but three of these "monkey rodeos" that night. I couldn't watch the first two, but the game was over and this was the finale. I was seated just left of home plate in the front row, I would say you call that front and center.
I sat in terror as the collies raced around the infield with the monkeys leaning off their sides, the goats running in circles with a look of panic with no where to go. It was over, the goats were put away, the dogs were sitting on the ground, and there sat Tim "Wild Thing" Lepard from Team Ghost Riders with one of his Capuchin monkeys in his arms. You see, " they love their animals" he went on to say. One of their monkeys is 29 years old and has been doing this for 26 years. I can talk about love for animals, but putting something I love for 26 years in a situation to be hurt just to make a profit isn't love to me, it's exploitation.
Please sign my petition to stop the exploitation and cruelty to these beautiful Capuchin monkeys and their partners in entertainment. Help them to find love without a price tag.
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