Voice of the people: Jennifer O'Connor

February 8, 2019 11:10:04 AM

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PETA takes issue with event 

 

The monkeys used in the cruel traveling show should be frolicking with their friends and families not hanging onto a dog's back for dear life. In the jungles and forests where they belong, capuchins raise families, defend their homes, and have complex communication systems. They race through tree canopies with astonishing speed and accuracy. 

 

Tim Lepard, who performs under the name "Team Ghost Riders," has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide adequate shelter for animals, for keeping animals in unsanitary conditions, for failure to provide adequate crowd management and safety barriers, improper food storage, failure to dispose of expired medications, and repeatedly being unavailable for inspections. In 2000, all of Lepard's monkeys, dogs and sheep died after being poisoned by carbon monoxide in his trailer. 

 

It's sad that anyone can find this cruel spectacle entertaining. 

 

Yours truly, 

 

Jennifer O'Connor 

 

Senior Writer for the PETA Foundation 

 

Norfolk, Va.