Justin Bieber Really Needs To Stop With The Pet Monkeys
Justin Bieber doesn't have the best track record when it comes to pets. The most egregious of his animal-related misfires happened in 2013, when Bieber abandoned his pet monkey in Germany. Now it seems the Biebs is gearing up for a repeat of the fiasco.
In the February issue of GQ magazine, the whirlwind surrounding the 21-year-old's former pet capuchin monkey, named OG Mally, was dug back up from its grave. As recounted by GQ, while touring, Bieber landed in Munich, where OG Mally was quarantined. Officials gave Bieber a deadline to provide the necessary paperwork to reclaim the monkey, but the deadline passed and OG Mally was left without an owner (he's doing just fine these days, thankfully).
"In Germany, that monkey's endangered or something...but I had the papers," Bieber told GQ. "I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that shit. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted."
Like, really twisted.
When asked if he would ever go back to visit OG Mally, the singer replied with a "maybe." Then he was asked if he would get another monkey.
"Yeah, one day," he said. "Just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the fucking house. 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 fucking monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.'"
I agree, monkeys are pretty awesome, but they definitely don't belong in houses. They belong in their natural habitats. They're also illegal to own in California without an appropriate permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance also doesn't want Bieber to get his hands on another monkey.
The organization said in a statement: "As a public figure, we urge you to use this opportunity to show your fans that the decision to keep a wild animal as a pet was unwise. Please do not repeat this foolish endeavour. Your actions should serve as an example to educate your followers on the responsible way to admire and respect exotic animals from afar."
Your move now, Biebs - please do the right thing and leave monkeys in the wild where they belong.