HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) – In three weeks, about 80,000 people will come through the gates of the Broward County Fair. However, animal rights activists say something is going on there that is very unfair, while children seem to enjoy it.
The kids will be playing bananas for the Banana Derby match at the Broward County Fair – this year’s biggest player attraction.
The derby combines two of man’s favorite animals: monkeys and dogs.
Twice a weekday, and three times a weekend, Gilligan and Burt made it public.
Tiny capuchins, dressed as monkeys in satin shirts, rode their dogs around the bend and down the end – stopping occasionally for treats along the way.
It is a tradition unlike any you may have ever seen. But it’s also a 14-year-old tradition of animal rights activists, hopefully you’ll never see again.
“People don’t have malicious intentions. They really think, ‘Oh, they must enjoy it,’ says Susan Hargreaves, an animal rights activist for more than 40 years.
Hargreaves called it cruel and unusual punishment. She organized a protest warning that these precious primates are being exploited for money, even suggesting their teeth and claws be cut off and put in squalid living conditions.
This “monkey business” isn’t just about making money for Banana Derby Founder Phillip Hendricks. It was a labor of love he said was lost for the protesters.
“There was nothing we could say or do to make them happy,” Hendricks said.
As for living conditions at home? CBS4 was told that Gilligan preferred to sleep with his canine companion, while Burt, the other monkey, preferred to sleep alone.
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However, both of them ate at the dining table.
https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/11/23/broward-county-fair-banana-derby-monkeys-riding-dogs-race/ Animal rights activists protest Broward County Fair’s Banana Race featuring dog-riding Capuchins – CBS Miami