Whiplash, a 27-yr-previous capuchin monkey, has been performing his act for 25 years. (Photograph: Special to the Register)

A current article within the Des Moines Register highlighted the looks of Whiplash the cowboy monkey at the CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo. The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) wishes to give you some details about monkeys in leisure.

Whereas it might seem amusing on the floor, monkeys used in rodeos are usually not being given the life they have been advanced to have, which for capuchin monkeys consists of dwelling in giant social groups and spending most of their time excessive up within the cover of the timber the place they feel protected. The data of many monkey rental operators embrace animal welfare violations, and training and housing circumstances might be extremely demanding.

Whiplash’s owner and trainer, Kenny Petet, made some extent to state that his monkey is just not chained onto the of again his racing canine, like different rodeo operators have completed up to now and nonetheless do. He claims that is what Whiplash “likes to do,” however all information about the pure conduct and preferences of primates indicates otherwise. 

Monkeys used for leisure are removed from their mothers years before they might naturally separate, which negatively affects their lifetime properly-being and tends to manifest in aggression and mental issues. Primates — wild animals who can carry illnesses and who can by no means be domesticated — are then pressured onstage at a loud and probably scary rodeo. How long will it’s before Whiplash or one other rodeo monkey attacks?

This isn’t opinion, it is reality: NAPSA is a coalition of nine of the leading primate sanctuaries on the continent. In our sanctuaries, we look after greater than 800 primates, lots of whom have been previously used in entertainment. We see how a lifetime spent performing affects monkeys corresponding to Whiplash. Further details could be found in our advocacy position statement on the topic. Additionally, a fact sheet has been assembled to present expert opinions on the public safety of monkey rodeo attendees and the substandard living conditions of the monkeys unfortunate enough to be involved. 

As a result of these concerns, a growing number of attractions have forsworn monkey rodeos, including fairs from New York to Florida and sports teams across the country. It’s true that monkeys used to be more widely available as pets and seen more often in animal acts. The reason these practices are no longer as common is because modern society has learned about the natural lives and inherent needs of non-human primates and the many downsides to keeping monkeys as pets or entertainers. We hope that CINCH will join others in this evolution. Bright lights and sparkly costumes cannot camouflage animal suffering. Leave monkey rodeos in the past. 

Erika W. Fleury is the program director at the North American Primate…