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

Erika Fleury February 19, 2016

An animal rights group is not monkeying around with Justin Bieber’s plans to get another pet primate.

The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance urged the Biebs — who famously abandoned his pet capuchin monkey at a German airport in 2013 after failing to produce proper paperwork — not to repeat his blunder after the singer said he wanted another simian sidekick “one day.”

“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,” Program Manager Erika Fleury wrote this week in an open letter to the “Sorry” singer. “Please do not repeat this foolish endeavor.”

Image courtesy TMZ

The San Francisco-based nonprofit’s letter was a response to Bieber’s GQ March cover story, in which the singer wrung his hands about losing Mally, who now lives in a North Germany zoo, and detailed the precautions he’d take next time around.

“Just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the f--king house,” he said. “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--king monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.”

The nonprofit, bristling at Bieber’s remarks, warned him against setting an “irresponsible” example for his scores of fans. “We are contacted daily by people who — just like you — purchased a baby monkey and then lived to regret it,” Fleury wrote, citing primates’ penchant for spreading disease and wrecking homes. “It is simply not possible to fulfill the unique needs of your monkey within a private home.”

Customs authorities in Munich seized Mally on March 28, 2013, after Bieber couldn’t provide the necessary vaccination and import papers. The capuchin later found a new home at Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen.

“Honestly, everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody,” the singer told GQ. “I was like, ‘It’s gonna be fine, guys!’ It was the farthest thing from fine.”

A rep for Bieber has not yet responded to the Daily News’ request for comment.

- New York Daily News

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