Dez Bryant and his monkey have upset PETA “Details”

Updated: November 4, 2015
Dez Bryant and his monkey have upset PETA - Details

PETA is asking animal control authorities to investigate whether NFL star Dez Bryant illegally possesses a baby monkey after the Dallas Cowboys star posted an Instagram photo of the animal.

PETA published an article on its website Monday, saying it has sent a letter to DeSoto authorities, asking that Bryant’s monkey be given to a sanctuary. But the city attorney said they were contacted by Bryant’s attorney Monday, and he told them the monkey is not in DeSoto.

“We don’t expect to have any further updates on this matter,” the city said in a statement.

Bryant posted a picture of the animal on Instagram last week, calling the baby monkey his “new best friend.”

In DeSoto, where Bryant lives, residents are prohibited from owning monkeys unless they have a special permit. PETA says it already has a place for Dallas at an accredited primate sanctuary.

“Monkeys belong in the wild—not in the hands of football players who acquire exotic animals just to make a splash on Instagram,” PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet said. “This baby capuchin was torn away from his mother shortly after birth and needs special care that can now only be provided by wildlife experts who will be able to ensure that he gets the love and attention he deserves.”

The following is the letter Peet sent to DeSoto authorities:

I am writing on behalf of PETA to request that DeSoto Animal Control immediately investigate the possible illegal possession of an infant capuchin monkey by Dallas Cowboys football player Dez Bryant. An October 2 news report indicates that Bryant, who apparently lives in DeSoto, may have acquired an infant capuchin monkey. If he is found to be in illegal possession of this monkey, please seize the monkey and ensure that he or she is placed in a reputable sanctuary. PETA stands ready to assist with the placement of the animal.

Possession of monkeys is prohibited within DeSoto unless the owner has been granted a special use permit.1 Bryant is not eligible for such a permit, as these permits may be granted only to the following: “public zoo, governmental entity, public or private primary or secondary schools, a retail pet distributor … animal exhibition, rodeo or circus,” which are all subject to certain conditions—and not to private individuals.2 If Bryant or any other individual is found in illegal possession of this infant capuchin, please seize this animal pursuant to DeSoto Mun. Code 2.1200 (“any animal found to be in violation of [the Animal Control Code]” may be impounded).

Capuchin monkeys used as pets are typically torn away from their mothers at birth, whereas in the wild, they would naturally spend several months, if not years, by their mother’s side. Capuchin monkeys are intelligent, curious, and highly social animals who naturally live in large groups. A human home denies them mental stimulation and opportunities for social interaction with other monkeys, which can lead to boredom and depression. Monkeys are wild animals, and as such, they can become frustrated, aggressive, and difficult to control as they get older—and they can and will bite humans.

Captive monkeys should be cared for by wildlife experts who understand their physical and psychological needs and in facilities where they can live in natural social groups—they should not be in the hands of an NFL football player. This infant animal must be urgently relocated to a reputable animal sanctuary, where he or she can be provided with appropriate care. PETA stands ready to assist your investigation in any way, including with arranging for placement of the monkey at a reputable sanctuary.

The DeSoto Police Department nor Bryant immediately responded to our request for comment.

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