‘Give up the Monkey Enterprise’: PETA Desires Sandusky County Truthful to Ditch Federal Legislation–Violating Organ Grinders

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February 21, 2024

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Fremont, Ohio – Following just-released U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) reviews revealing that monkey exhibitors featured on the Sandusky County Truthful have racked up quite a few violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA)—together with a number of incidents of kids being bitten by a monkey—PETA fired off a letter this morning to Sandusky County Agricultural Society President Bob Lagrou, urging him to decide to ending using monkeys and different wild animals in reveals on the truthful.

monkey dressed in clothes and chained being held by someone slightly off screen

Jo Jo chained for photograph ops at a good in Ohio. Credit score: PETA

In accordance with a one USDA report, then-monkey exhibitor Norris Welch was cited for 11 violations of the AWA, together with maintaining a white-faced capuchin monkey named Jo Jo in a tiny, barren wire cage. After Welch misplaced his USDA license, one other exhibitor, Desie Armstrong, unlawfully acquired Jo Jo. In accordance with one other USDA report, Armstrong was cited for 11 AWA violations, together with eradicating the enamel of a capuchin named British as a result of she meant to make use of him as a photograph prop—and monkeys chunk when frightened and careworn, which is inevitable once they’re pressured into public interactions.

“Monkeys are delicate, extremely smart people, and the time has lengthy handed for folks to chain them up and parade them round in entrance of noisy crowds,” says primatologist and PETA Basis Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler. “PETA is urging truthful organizers to relegate these merciless and ridiculous ‘organ grinder’ acts to the historical past books, the place they belong.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and gives free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Lagrou follows.

February 21, 2024

Bob Lagrou
Sandusky County Agricultural Society

Expensive President Lagrou,

I’m writing on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) concerning a “Enjoyable Instances & Monkey Enterprise” exhibit at August’s Sandusky County Truthful. After PETA alerted the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) of movies exhibiting a capuchin biting kids on the truthful, the company cited the exhibitor for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Contemplating these critical animal welfare and public questions of safety, we hope you’ll agree to not function monkeys or different unique animals at any future occasions.

Norris Welch, the featured “organ grinder”—the time period for this antiquated act—apparently didn’t renew his USDA license to exhibit animals after he was cited for 11 AWA violations. These citations described Welch failing to supply a capuchin named JoJo such fundamentals as an adequately large enough enclosure, protected transport crate, and an enrichment plan to advertise his psychological well-being. In nature, capuchins discover lush rainforest habitats in giant household teams. Welch housed JoJo in a barren wire cage alone, the place inspectors noticed him “exhibiting indicators of psychological misery” by “persistently rocking” and “pulling the surplus chain from the collar.”

Desie Armstrong, the exhibitor cited for the biting incidents, unlawfully acquired JoJo from Welch after he misplaced his license, and her documented remedy of capuchins is equally appalling. She too was issued 11 AWA citations and an official warning. Armstrong admitted to mutilating British, a six-year-old capuchin, by eradicating the monkey’s canine and incisor enamel, which in keeping with the inspector, “topic[s] the animal to pointless struggling, power medical points, problem with correct weight loss plan consumption, and eliminates the power to carry out species particular behaviors.” Armstrong put British by way of this horrific process with life-long penalties solely as a result of monkeys chunk when frightened and careworn—which is certain to occur once they’re pressured into public interactions. Even with out enamel, their jaws or sharp nails can significantly injure people, together with your fairgoers.

With so many family-friendly choices obtainable that don’t exploit wild animals, could we please hear from you that Sandusky County Truthful will keep away from internet hosting reveals utilizing monkeys or different unique animals going ahead? Thanks in your consideration.

Very really yours,

Debbie Metzler, M.S.
Primatologist & Director of Captive Animal Welfare

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