Stop Strapping Monkeys on Dogs for Abusive Monkey Rodeo

Target: John Caracciolo, President and CEO of JVC Broadcasting

Goal: Ban the Banana Derby, also know as a monkey rodeo, from performing.

The notorious Banana Derby, or “monkey rodeo,” will soon be hosted in the Pennysaver Amphitheater, owned and operated by JVC Broadcasting. This is despite the derby having been cited by the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act. During the rodeos, a Capuchin monkey is strapped to sprinting dogs. The show is cruel and unnecessary.

Philip Hendricks, the exhibitor for the Banana Derby, has been cited multiple times for failing to provide enough proper, nutritious food, and adequate space for the animals. When these monkeys are not caged and being carted around the country, they are forced to perform. During these “performances,” the monkey is left with no control and is jerked around as a dog stops, turns, and sprints. It is not uncommon for injury to occur during this event.

Sign this petition and demand that the Pennysaver Amphitheater ban the Banana Derby from performing.


Dear Mr. Caracciolo,

The Pennysaver Amplitheater is hosting many acts as it is the location for this year’s Brookhaven Fair. One of the acts, the Banana Derby, is a cruel spectacle that straps a small, defenseless monkey to a powerful, fast dog. The show is inhumane, unnecessary and reports indicate that it often results in injury to the monkeys.

When the Capuchin monkeys are not trapped in their cages and being carted around for shows, they are strapped onto a dog that is trained to make sudden stops, quick turns and run fast. The monkeys have no control, and the jerky movements appear to be painful for these small animals. The exhibitor for the Banana Derby, Philip Hendricks, has been cited multiple times by the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act. He has been cited for keeping the monkeys in too small of cages and for not providing proper, nutritious food.

Please consider canceling your plans with the Banana Derby. These monkeys belong in the wild, not in overcrowded arenas suffering for human entertainment.


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  1. Jaime Perez says:

    This is not funny or entertaining, it’s cruel and inhumane. That’s like strapping a baby to a horse! People can be so disgusting and barbaric to innocent animals.

  2. Jack Henning says:

    This is cruel to the monkeys and the dogs. Is there no end to the inhuman abuse. Now, their children will grow up being unkind to animals. Eliminate them before they multiply. ASSHOLES.

  3. Patricia Dumais says:

    This shows utter disrespect for animals.

  4. Why these shit people don’t do this things using their realtives? Like bullfigths also and other shit inventions of mental retard.

  5. People disgust me more every day. It takes a really moronic, lowly educated, unfeeling person to think this is funny.

    • Leigh vice says:

      I fully agree, Laura…I don’t deny I like animals much more than most people. Humans are the most cruel, wicked creatures on the face of the earth. Most all want to inflict pain on some poor animal that can’t defend itself. The human race sucks!!!!

  6. Omg, what a bunch of ignorant morons, both the presenters and the audience.

  7. Stop this hideous abuse.

  8. Some humans don’t have worthy ideas to create fun activities.. Only thing they know is to humiliate and abuse the Innocent Animals, while laughing at them…So Pathetic. These type of nonsense must be stopped ….

  9. Have you folks who sign in on these HORRID inhumane actions
    noticed it`s MEN who are doing these irresponsible actions?? HEY, if you`re a parent of a MALE, START TRAINING early on proper treatment of ANIMALS as well as HUMANS!!!

  10. Nicole J says:

    Jesus man! Get out and friggin find a real job and stop exploiting innocent animals! Tired of this shit already ?

  11. Stop this cruelty now these people are mongrels

  12. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & sharing❗️?

  13. Lilian Caughlin says:

    What a bunch of effing brainless morons. What must their family life be like…. Their wives…kids… they all think it’s funny? Hope karma bites you losers in the a$$.

  14. This monkey rodeo is stupid and wrong! No living being should ever be treated in such a cruel and abusive manner!

  15. What kind of sick retard thought this one up ??
    And why is it allowed?? the only ones who are worse than the retards who present this ” performance” are the low life’s who watch it.

  16. Paulette Mirfield says:

    If only these people would exert the same energy they expend thinking up new ways to torture animals to solving the world’s troubles, think how much better life would be for ALL living creatures.

  17. Darlene Avery says:

    What is wrong with these people that they think it is entertainment to watch terrified animals go through this totally unnatural atrocity??? Despicable and sick. Stop this horrific abuse now.

  18. Colleen Stadnick says:

    Why does this continue? It’s useless and STUPID and hurts both the monkeys and the dogs. Please stop now!!!

  19. Damn 2-legged Sadistic Subhuman SCUM !!!!!!! These Sick Worthless Psychopaths need to be Stopped !!!!!!!

  20. Simon Rimmer says:

    Animal cruelty must become a death penalty crime, time to clean up the human garbage in the world!!! Animals are not for human entertainment.

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