Minor League Baseball Must Ban All Monkey Rodeos

Monkey Rodeo Kelly

Target: Pat O’Conner, CEO of Minor League Baseball

Goal: Ban cruel monkey rodeos from all minor league baseball events.

At Minor League Baseball events across the nation, monkey rodeo shows are being performed to entertain the crowds. Unfortunately, monkey rodeos are extremely dangerous and scary for the animals involved.

At monkey rodeos, capuchin monkeys are strapped to dogs while the dogs sprint around a track. The dogs are also trained to make sudden stops, which painfully jolt the monkeys in all different directions. Injury is very common during this event. In addition, this is all done while the crowd screams and chants. The chaos is extremely scary for the monkeys.

A majority of these monkeys come from the company Wild Thang Productions, which has been cited numerous times for violating the Animal Welfare Act. These violations include not providing adequate barriers between the animals and the people, not providing adequate shelter and not cleaning the living areas properly. In addition, all the monkeys for Wild Thang Productions have had their teeth removed. This is a cruel practice that was recently banned by the USDA.

Sign this petition and demand Minor League Baseball ban monkey rodeos from all events. It is a sad life for these animals and it is all for unnecessary “entertainment.”


Dear Mr. O’Conner,

At minor league baseball events across the nation, monkey rodeo shows are being performed to entertain crowds. The event is gaining popularity; however, the rodeos are extremely dangerous and scary for the animals involved.

The sudden starts and stops painfully jolt the monkeys in all possible directions. While the monkey is dealing with the stress of being strapped to an unpredictable dog, the crowd screams and chants, which only makes the situation scarier.

Monkey rodeos are completely unnecessary and by canceling them, these monkeys would be spared from the terrible mental and possibly physical trauma. Please consider banning monkey rodeos from all Minor League Baseball events. These animals belong in the wild, not in stadiums putting on shows for humans.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Please do the right thing stop this cruelty!!

  2. Maxine Sheehan says:

    This is an obscenity!

  3. I agree that this should be stopped, however what will happen to the monkeys once they are no longer needed and making money for their company? That worries me too. =(

  4. Karen Eicholtz says:

    Just another example of humans being stupid, stupid, stupid. Seems like there are Roman Coliseum’s all over the place. Do we learn nothing? Apparently so.

  5. How about strapping humans to racing cars for a change.

  6. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This is ridiculous! Please end the stupid monkey rodeos!!!!

  7. Tanya Urago says:

    This is horrible. What kind of education is this for children? To exploit defenseless animals, subject them to terror, distress and potential physical harm…for fun? This is insane and a shocking reflection on those who are responsible for this cruelty. What a disgrace, really…and this from a supposed world leading nation such as the USA?

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