Animal Defenders to Descend on ‘Banana Derby’

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Orange County, N.Y. – On Sunday, PETA supporters outraged by the notorious “Banana Derby”—a dangerous spectacle in which capuchin monkey “jockeys” are strapped to dogs and forced to race at high speeds—will protest outside the Orange County Fair, where the event is being held. The monkeys have been filmed being violently jerked in all directions, risking serious physical injuries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the exhibitor behind this traveling stunt for failing to provide animals with adequate space, environmental enrichment, and clean, wholesome food.

When:      Sunday, July 17, 4:30 p.m.

Where:    Orange County Fair, 239 Wisner Ave., Middletown

“This is an out-of-touch, cruel, and exploitative stunt show that can only cause the monkeys great distress and anxiety,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler. “PETA is urging the public to condemn the Orange County Fair for allowing such an abomination.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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