After his recent traipsing around in a gas mask and going shirtless through airport security (among other oddities), the fact that Justin Bieber 1. owns a monkey and 2. left said monkey in Germany after it was seized by customs is somehow not as surprising/alarming as it should be.
Germany's Spiegel is reporting that “tiny Mally,” Bieb’s 14-week-old primate was left in Germany without any subsequent contact from the singer or his management as they continued on with Justin’s tour.
Lil’ Mally will have to stay at a Munich shelter until Bieber can obtain and send a health certificate showing that the pet is free of disease.
"Bieber must face up to his responsibility, also as a role model for many young people," said Wolfgang Schröder, president of the German Animal Protection Society. "From the point of view of animal protection he should under no circumstances be allowed to keep the animal that was brought into the country illegally."
"We also expect him to use his major influence through Facebook (52 million likes) and Twitter (37 million followers) to apologize and to do more for animal welfare in the future."
"Mally is only 14 weeks old. Separating her from her mother and taking a living cuddly toy on tour can only be described as animal cruelty," said Laura Zimprich, spokeswoman for another animal protection group, Animal Public.
"Monkeys aren't domestic pets," said Zimprich. "Taking a capuchin monkey from fellow members of its species and raising it by hand isn't appropriate in conservation. The animal will develop serious behavioral disorders."
And according to The Sun, a vet at the shelter, Kurt Grabenwoeger, echoed that statement. "These monkeys not only need to be with their mothers for at least a year, but they should also be surrounded by their family group. They are living creatures – not celebrity accessories like a handbag.”
Yikes. Looks like Bieber might need to change his ways or face the wrath of the likes of PETA…or even worse, Morrissey !