‘Monkey’ to Protest Cruel ‘Rodeo’ at Blue Rocks Game

PETA Will Call On Team to Ban Spectacles Rejected by Minor League Baseball

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Wilmington, Del.What:    A costumed PETA “monkey” will lead a spirited protest outside Daniel S. Frawley Stadium on Saturday, when the Wilmington Blue Rocks plan to host a “monkey rodeo”—a stunt in which terrified capuchin monkeys are forced to ride dogs running up to 30 mph—despite a widespread public outcry and an official statement from Minor League Baseball disassociating itself from such events.

 When:    Saturday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Where:    Outside Daniel S. Frawley Stadium at 801 Shipyard Dr., at the intersection of Beech and Justison streets, Wilmington

“Monkeys used in rodeo events are terrorized and placed at risk of whiplash and inadvertent crashes as they’re violently jerked around,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA urges families to stay away from Blue Rocks games until the team gives these cruel stunts the boot.”

The Williamsport Crosscutters, the Lexington Legends, and other minor-league teams have agreed not to host future monkey rodeo events. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—will continue to protest Blue Rocks games as long as the monkey rodeos continue.

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