If I had a million dollars, I’d buy you a monkey, haven’t you always wanted a monkey?

ImageCan someone please explain to me why on earth Justin Bieber has a pet monkey?  Is he studying to become a primatologist?  Is he training it to be a service animal?  Or is he just some spoiled kid with too many dollars and not enough sense?  I’m going to have to go with that last one, as his beloved pet sits in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany.  The capuchin monkey, named Malla was confiscated from the boy when both he and his handlers did not have the correct paperwork to be transporting a monkey.

Gee, that sounds like a responsible pet owner to me.  And lets just look at a few facts here;  

1. No primate species should ever be kept as a pet. They have very special needs. These are highly social animals. They need to be kept with others of their own kind; that’s just critical to their psychological well-being.

2. All primate species can become aggressive. A lot of times when the primate reaches sexual maturity, it becomes extremely aggressive, unpredictable—bouncing off the walls in the house, destroying everything. It ends up being confined for the rest of its life in a little cage in the basement, or [the owner] looks to dump it—maybe at a roadside zoo or a pseudo-sanctuary

3. A lot of monkey owners go to a vet and say, “Take his teeth out.” Sometimes they do a full dental extraction because the animals bite.

4.What people don’t appreciate is that all primate species can carry zoonotic diseases [infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans].

5. People want to emulate celebrities they admire. When somebody like Justin Bieber is irresponsible and goes out and gets a pet monkey, he sets a very bad example.

The bottom line is, that nobody should own a monkey as a pet.  This is a highly intelligent species that cannot ever be fully tamed.  Don’t believe me?  Have a look at this little video created by a primatologist!



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