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Minor League baseball teams host cruel ‘Cowboy Monkey Rodeo’

Posted: 15 May 2018. Updated: 15 May 2018

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Baseball prides itself on fair play and promotes safe family fun, yet there is nothing fair or safe about the infield entertainment at some minor league games.

Teams such as Delaware’s ‘Wilmington Blue Rocks’ and Pennsylvania’s ‘Harrisburg Senators’ continue to host this cruel infield entertainment run by Tim Lepard of ‘Wild Thang Productions’, while other teams such as CT’s Hartford Yard Goats, PA’s Williamsport Crosscutters, KY’s Lexington Legends, and TX’s Sugar Land Skeeters have decidedly dropped the shameful act.

ADI has filmed this inhumane event on more than one occasion, recording the reluctant entertainers, capuchin monkeys dressed as cowboys, haphazardly being jerked about in a miniature saddle attached to dogs, who charge around the playing field in pursuit of farm animals.

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Lepard makes one capuchin interact with the public and give ‘high fives,’ putting everyone, including young children, at risk for being bitten by the stressed-out animal who was seen repeatedly exposing his/her canine teeth (picture here).

Reported to travel over 300 days of the year, these emotional, inventive and highly intelligent wild animals are forced to live in a trailer (pictured below), deprived of their natural environment and everything that makes life worth living for a monkey. Studies have shown that such conditions are not good welfare for these animals and result in both psychological and physical harm.

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ADI will continue to raise awareness and protest these miserable acts until they end.

  • Please send a polite email to Team Managers urging them to adopt a ‘no animals’ policy for future events:

    Team: Wilmington Blue Rocks
    Manager: Andrew Layman
    Email: layman@bluerocks.com

    Team: Harrisburg Senators
    Manager: Randy Whitaker
    Email: rwhitaker@senatorsbaseball.com

  • Support TEAPSPA (H.R.1759) to ban wild animal acts in the US.
  • Donate here to help ADI investigators keep exposing animals’ suffering and campaigning to end the misery.

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