Stop Cruel Monkey Rodeo

Target: Fernando Aguirre, Owner of the Erie SeaWolves

Goal: Cancel cruel “cowboy monkey rodeo.”

A minor-league baseball team, the Erie SeaWolves, is planning on hosting a “cowboy monkey rodeo” in which a small monkey is strapped onto a dog who sprints around a track. It is a terrifying ordeal for the animals involved.

During a “monkey rodeo,” a capuchin monkey is strapped to a dog who is trained to sprint, stop suddenly, and make quick turns. These jerky movements are painful for the monkey and can cause serious injury. In addition, this event is held in an overcrowded, loud stadium which only makes things more stressful. Wild Thang Productions, the company that operates the rodeo, has been cited numerous times by the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Sign this petition and demand the Erie SeaWolves cancel its plans with Wild Thang Productions. These monkeys belong in the wild, not in cages and baseball stadiums.


Dear Mr. Aguirre,

Your baseball team, the Erie SeaWolves, is planning on hosting a “cowboy monkey rodeo.” This event is terrifying and painful for the monkeys, and I urge you to cancel this event.

During a “cowboy monkey rodeo,” a capuchin monkey is strapped onto a dog who runs around the stadium. The dog sprints, makes quick turns, and stops suddenly. These jerky movements are incredibly painful and can cause serious physical injuries. The event is incredibly stressful and causes severe mental trauma due to the excessive noise, lack of control, and the large crowd. The company which operates the rodeo, Wild Thang Productions, has been cited by the USDA numerous times for violating the Animal Welfare Act, including by not providing proper shelter for the animals and failing to clean their living space.

Please consider canceling your plans with Wild Thang Productions. These animals belong in the wild, swinging from trees and soaking up sunshine. Instead they are caged and forced to put on scary performances for human entertainment.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Joan Harlin says:

    Thirty years ago, I tried to stop this evil event when I saw it at the Dixie Classic in North Carolina. I contacted the USDA official in charge of investigating the scumbag who was in charge of this act. That man must be long dead because he was the cigarette smoking picture of death then, a truly evil countenance. It is outrageous that this act and other cruel animal acts are still occurring in the United States, a supposedly humane country, compared to most. I will never forget the hapless monkey dressed in a cowboy outfit, CHAINGED to a pony forced to go around and around the ring, most of the time the monkey being UPSIDE down and having no control. The spectators thought it was great fun. I went ballistic and no one thought it was at all a bad thing. And here it is, 30 years later…still taking place in the US. Disgusting and unacceptable on EVERY level.

  2. Eva Cantu says:


  3. Jaime Perez says:

    This is NOT entertainment, it’s just plain animal abuse. The poor little monkey has got to be terrified, and he could be seriously injured. What people do for entertainment is despicable and cruel.

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & sharing❗️?

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