In a recent news article regarding the Lake County Fair, residents have voiced concerns about the welfare and exploitation of the capuchin monkeys used in the popular “banana derby,” in which monkeys are tethered to the backs of running dogs to entertain fairgoers. Sandra Hart, a Lake County board member, and others signed a petition asking the Lake County Fair Association to discontinue contracting with Gilligan T. Monkey,LLC, the contractor who provides the show. The petition was denied. As long as people keep attending the banana derby, the fair will keep contracting them.
Take Action: Choose not to attend fairs that use exotic animals for entertainment purposes.