Cancel “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo” at Baseball Games

Target: Clark Minker, League Director of Wilmington Blue Rocks

Goal: Cancel the several “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo” events occurring at the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ stadium.

Several events called the “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo” will be hosted at a baseball team’s stadium this summer. The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a Minor League Baseball team located in Delaware.

At the “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo,” a capuchin monkey is dressed up and strapped to a dog who is trained to abruptly start, stop and run up to 30 miles per hour around a track. The monkeys are jerked around in every direction and face a high risk of getting injured.

This event is inherently cruel and unnecessary. It is extremely stressful for the animals and they could potentially injure themselves. Sign this petition and demand the Wilmington Blue Rocks cancel this event.


Dear Mr. Minker,

This summer, the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ stadium is planning on hosting several events called “Cowboy Monkey Rodeo.” At this event, a capuchin monkey is forced into a costume and strapped to a dog that sprints around a track.

Dogs can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, and these dogs are trained to start and stop abruptly. These abrupt changes of pace and high speeds cause the monkey to be jerked around in every direction possible. The monkeys face a very high risk of getting injured during the event.

It is unnecessary and cruel to let these events happen. Animals should not be forced into uncomfortable and frightful situations for mere entertainment. Please consider cancelling these events.


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  1. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  2. simon rickman says:

    Middle-ages morons living in the 21st century. Can they not see that on ANY level this is just stupid and cruel? Morons. And this is little league so hey morons, what a great example to set the kids! They will grow up being a burden on the planet, not a boon. Morons.

  3. This whole idea is ridiculous.

  4. How can you call this entertainment? Disgusting, pathetic morons!

  5. Best Wishes to you my friends and Great Protection ?
    Special candle for you ?
    Nature treats back now ?
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?

  6. This is what some Americans call entertainment! How fucked up!

  7. Seriously Deleware? I thought you were better then this?! This is cruel and should be cancelled now!

  8. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard of. Who thinks ups these gimmicks for baseball games? Please, stop abusing animals at your games. Dint think the dog or the monkey are enjoying this!!!

  9. This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard!
    Bunch of idiots to think this would actually be entertaining. It sounds retarded to begin with.

  10. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Stupid exploitation of animals. Sports team no less.
    Instead of dreaming up brain dead ideas take time out for an IQ test.

  11. Nip this dreadful form of entertainment in the bud. If allows for further
    inhumane activities to come. I also think this is bad for both animals.

  12. Ridiculous and cruel. This is borderline with circus events. That they have pomp-pomp girls who quite enjoy themselves, ok, but LEAVE THE ANIMALS OUT OF THIS!!!!

  13. Using frightened animals for entertainment purposes seems intuitively wrong, cruel & unconscionable — WHY do we torment them for our amusement? — The animals don’t want to be there & are demonstrably filled with fear & are unhappy — In addition, they frequently suffer actual injury & sometimes even death, simply to provide humans with some jollies and fun. — It’s downright shameful, sadistic and immoral — let’s ban this disturbing event.

  14. Jeff White says:

    Back in the 1930s the greyhound racing industry in the USA and Australia used to do this to capuchin monkeys. The monkeys were dressed as jockeys and strapped to the backs of racing greyhounds for the amusement of spectators. It was terrifying for the monkeys, who often ended the race shaken to death (like “shaken baby syndrome”). This cruel industry still persists, though now it’s only the dogs that suffer injury and death.

  15. Amazing what we humans do to animals for our amusement. Makes me ill.

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