Kalamazoo Growlers disregard animal welfare for ticket sales

PRIMATE  EXPERTS SAY NO – GROWLERS MANAGEMENT SAYS YES TO COWBOY MONKEY RODEO

Cowboy Monkeys to Perform in Kalamazoo June 18th at the Kalamazoo Growlers game. Do you wonder as we do what this has to do with baseball? The inhumane use of monkeys to “entertain” or to boost ticket sales has no place in a family night of fun at the ball game.

North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance Executive Director Sarah Baeckler Davis says, “Monkeys used in this type of event are forced to perform on cue and engage in incredibly unnatural behaviors. Training can be quite brutal. It’s not good for the monkey and it’s not safe for the public.”

In this event, Capuchin monkeys are dressed in cowboy outfits and tethered to saddles on the backs of border collies who run at high speeds around a field herding four to five sheep. The dogs stop, start, turn, lie down, and stand up abruptly as they herd sheep, causing the monkeys to be violently jerked forwards and backwards and slide wildly from side to side.

During the “cowboy monkey” events, the monkey is not under the control of a human handler, but is at the mercy of a dog running wildly around a field. Spectators would be at risk if a monkey got loose from the dog or if a dog charged off the field.

KHS voiced its concerns and condemned this spectacle last year, only to have the Growlers management ignore the concerns of the community and continue to demonstrate a lack of regard for animals by hosting the event again this year.  The Growlers support local animal rescue groups but their concern for animals seems only to be a marketing tactic, as they can so casually disregard the safety of the animals involved in Monkey Rodeo events for some flash-in-the-pan media coverage.

Please share on your social media and make sure to respectfully contact those who are responsible for it with your concerns.  We do not condone threats or violent behavior toward those who are hosting or sponsoring the event.  You will be heard louder if you are calm, direct, and informed.

Event Host:
Brian Colopy
President
Kalamazoo Growlers
251 Mills St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
269-492-9966
brian@growlersbaseball.com

Event Sponsor:
Pure Green Lawn & Tree Specialists
16350 Felton Rd | Lansing, MI 48906
(866) 557.7873
(517) 703.1111
service@puregreenlawn.com

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Comments

  1. Shame on you!!! What an outrage. As if animals don’t already have an issues with abuse, neglect and mistreatment, you decide to put on show such as this.

    You are adding to the mental sickness ol that animals are regarded as living breathing feeling creatures.

    SHANE ON YOU SHANE ON YOU!!!

    With all the tragedy Kalamazoo has experienced with human lives you want.to add animals to the mix.

    SHANE ON YOU SHANE ON YOU!!!!

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