Animal Rights Group Asks Justin Bieber Not to Get Another Pet Monkey

Great. Not this again.

Justin Bieber, house egger, drag racer and more recently, pop star, said he’d be interested in getting another monkey – and animals rights groups are not happy.

The admission came about in a recent GQ profile on Bieber, written by Caity Weaver, where he was asked if he would ever get another monkey again.

“Yeah, one day. Just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the f*****g house,” he told Weaver. “I’m not gonna bring him to Germany or travel with it anymore. People are always like, ‘Why did you get a monkey?’ If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a f*****g monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.”

There’s a reason animal lovers are upset with Bieber. Three years ago, a 19-year-old Bieber was gifted a capuchin monkey for his birthday by his friend Mally. Bieber named the capuchin OG Mally in honor of his friend. In March 2013, Biber brought OG Mally with him to Germany without the necessary paperwork to bring him into the country. German officials confiscated OG Mally from Bieber and put the monkey into quarantine. The German government gave Bieber until May 7 to provide all the necessary paperwork to get his monkey back. He never did, and OG Mally became property of Germany’s government.

In the interview, Weaver asks Bieber if he would ever go back and visit the monkey he abandoned. His answer to that is “Um, maybe.”

Since Bieber’s – for lack of a better term – abandonment, OG Mally has been transferred to the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen to live with six other capuchin monkeys. In order to cover the costs of caring for OG Mally, Germany asked Bieber for $8,000.

So you can see why the fact that Bieber is even pondering to get another monkey is making headlines. One animal rights group in particular is begging Bieber to not make the same mistake. North America Primate Sanctuary Alliance published a letter to Bieber on Feb. 17, urging him not to get another pet monkey and explaining why primates, as well as all exotic animals, do not make good pets.

“Monkeys quickly grow to be strong, cunning and difficult to manage,” the letter reads. “They can transfer disease and destroy your home. It is simply not possible to fulfill the unique needs of your monkey within a private home. Once you have decided that you no longer wish to keep your pet, it can be problematic to find an accredited sanctuary who has space to take him. Most primate sanctuaries have lengthy waiting lists.”

Since the letter went public, it has been reported on by TMZ, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post and more, quickly gaining the public’s attention on neglectful pet care and why exotic animals, and the trade that comes with it, are not anything we should support.

Photo Credit: Disney|ABCTelevisionGroup

116 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Christine J.
Christine J2 years ago

So much money, so little sense. His father has thrown a puppy off a balcony (doesn't he sound like a real gem as well?) so we can see he hasn't had the greatest role model. I used to make allowances for this person, as he was just young and we all make mistakes. He's an adult now, and needs to grow up.

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Dianne D.
Dianne D2 years ago

What an idiot. He thinks everything and everyone is dispensable.

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Graham P.
Graham P2 years ago

Agree with Jennifer H on this one even though she was over polite. Sent her a star,what a shame no click button to make Justin Bieber vanish.

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Judy W.
Judy W2 years ago

Idiot really just another take on designer pets. Animals are thrown away like trash in America. Grow up, stop getting a pet of any kind unless you are planning on a lifetime committment.

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K2 years ago

Noted

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S Gardner
sandy Gardner2 years ago

ITS A Terrible message for someone so in the media to adopt wildlife! Remember all the dalmations left at the shelter after the "101 Dalmations" craze was over!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

The guy is an irresponsible, talentless idiot who somehow gained fame. To me, he is a Kardashian and a wannabe thug. He should not be allowed to have any animal let alone a monkey.

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Veronica B.
Veronica B2 years ago

So Selfish and stupid!!!Let the monkeys where they belong!!!

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Rb Redmond
Rb Redmond2 years ago

Monkeys belong with other monkeys. Use your money to ensure that happens Justin, not to buy another monkey as a toy for your ego.

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