ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An animal rights group wants “Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey” pulled from a weekend rodeo in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Federated Humane Societies believes the 27-year-old Capuchin monkey is at risk for head trauma. Whiplash entertains audiences by riding a sheep-herding border collie. Whiplash is scheduled for a performance at the World’s Toughest Rodeo Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

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His owner, Kenny Petet of Stephenville, Texas, said the monkey has been trained to ride the dog since he was 2 years old. He said his monkey isn’t in any danger, receives excellent care and is part of his family.

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The monkey’s longtime veterinarian, Dr. Joe Cannon, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Whiplash is healthy and is limber enough to handle the act.

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