Don’t Force Camels to Give Students Rides for Entertainment

Camel Arpingstone

Target: Richard Myers, President of Kansas State University

Goal: End the live animal event that offers free camel rides to students.

Kansas State University (KSU) is planning on offering free camel rides to students in order to “get over the hump and de-stress before finals.”

Wild animals used in entertainment are typically confined to small cages for extended periods of time, neglected and abused in training. These camels deserve to be in the wild surrounded by other camel friends. Instead, they are transported to various locations to give people rides.

Sign this petition and demand KSU cancels the event using camels. There are other ways to entertain students that do not involve exploiting animals.


Dear Mr. Myers,

Your university is planning on holding an event that will be using live, wild animals. In order for the students to “get over the hump and de-stress before finals,” camel rides will be offered for free.

Wild animals used in entertainment face a variety of hardships including tight confinement, neglect and abuse. These camels should be in the wild, surrounded by camel friends and enjoying nature. Instead, they are being exploited for rides.

Please consider canceling your event using camels. There are many other ways to provide entertainment for students while not exploiting animals.


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  1. Is this university behind the times for the ethical humane treatment for animals? Must be! I thought we were far more advanced than Arabia. Those people that are still riding camels, are they stress free? I don’t think so. Is this university running a circus? You would think college kids would be past the “animal rides” stage. And what about the camels welfare? Being forced to be in an unnatural environment with multiple inexperience strange kids hopping on and off their backs all day long. What about the “stress” situation these camels will have to endure? Let’s not forget that some college kids are mean and would love to jump at the chance to inflict harm unto the animal just for kicks. Camels are noted for being a stubborn animal and you have to know how to handle them properly. What educated nut come up with this stupid idea? How about bumper car rides for your kiddies at KSU?

  2. What moron came up with this stupid idea?!?? Your an institution of higher learning, make smart choices. Do NOT allow or condon abuse of animals! It makes me nervous and distracted at the thought of something so inane happening, when I need to study! Please please do Not allow this to happen on our campus!

  3. jennifer says:

    Absolutely appalling and inhumane. What the hell is the matter with this university and it’s faculty?? Stop this action immediatly!! SHAME ON YOU!!!

  4. It has come to my attention that on May 4, 2016, Kansas State University offered free camel rides to students so that they could “get over the hump and de-stress before finals”, even though caseworkers for PETA described dangers as well as the barbaric treatment that animals sustain during their lives with this industry.

    Captive animals are usually stolen as babies from their mothers in the wild and then brought to the U.S. and worldwide to give animal rides and to perform ridiculous tricks. Animals are tamed and trained by being beaten with bull hooks (a metal apparatus resembling a fireplace poker with a hook on the end) and clubs as well as being whipped and treated with an electric prod. Much of the cruelty goes on behind the scenes and spectators to animal rides and to the circus do not see it. At performance time, the trainer then only needs to use the sight of the bull hook or whip and not actually use it in order to “persuade” the animal into giving rides or performing a trick. Far too often, they are kept from seeing a veterinarian, even when they are having severe physical maladies.

    Besides all of the cruelty that is attached with animal rides and shows, people are oftentimes given the opportunity to have contact with animals which is absolutely foolish! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many animals, including camels, can carry TUBERCULOSIS and transmit it to the public, even without direct contact. As well, there is the risk of Zoonotic Disease.

    I understand that the exhibitor of the camels had a U.S. Department of Agriculture license; however, that means little considering the agency’s low standards.

    It is my hope that in the future Kansas State University will ban live animal entertainment on campus. Thank you for your consideration.

  5. Jaime Perez says:

    What a bunch of idiots. If these students want to de-stress, then pet a dog or a cat, leave the camels alone. This is just plain animal cruelty.

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  7. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    I’m from a Jayhawk family. You won’t find KU pulling this kind of moronic stunt. They’re educated.

  8. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Freakin morons! First lesson for you students – leave the animals alone! What are you? Trump supporters?

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