Art Show Drops Monkey Act After 20 Years Following Vegan Pressure

Campaigners from animal rights charity PETA urged the show ditch the capuchin performance to 'protect animals and audiences'
Monkey forced to perform
Django is dressed in clothes and forced to perform in unnatural settings (Photo: PETA)

An art show has dropped its monkey act after 20 years, following pressure from vegan campaigners.

The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show pulled the 'performance' by a capuchin monkey named Django after conversations with animal rights charity PETA.

According to PETA, Djano has no canine teeth, which it says 'were likely pulled out, a cruel and traumatic procedure that's been prohibited by a U.S. Department of Agriculture policy since 2006'.

Cruel act

"We know so much more about animals now than we did 20 years ago, including that monkeys invariably suffer when subjected to a barrage of strange noises and busy activity and to grabbing hands," PETA Primatologist, Julia Gallucci, said in a statement.

"The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show made the compassionate and forward-thinking decision to stop hosting this cruel act, and PETA urges everyone to skip any event that treats living beings as props."

The charity adds: "Monkeys are wild animals, and when forced into stressful situations - such as public exhibitions - they sometimes become aggressive and bite humans. A concerned individual recently filmed Django behaving aggressively toward children at a fair."

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