Put NFL Player’s Pet Monkey in Wildlife Sanctuary

Target: Carmen Humble, Administrative Assistant for Code Enforcement, DeSoto, Texas

Goal: Move baby monkey from football player’s home to an accredited sanctuary.

Dez Bryant, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, has acquired a baby monkey. The NFL star first posted a picture to his Instagram to publicly announce his new pet. However, in order to have a monkey, the owner must obtain a special use permit. Dez Bryant is not eligible for this permit. Take action now to demand that this monkey live a life in a wildlife sanctuary and not in the hands of Dez Bryant.

The monkey, now called Dallas, is a capuchin monkey. Wild capuchin monkeys live in groups with up to 20 other monkeys of both sexes and spend much of their time swinging in the tree tops. They are very territorial animals and their range is usually about 80 to 200 acres. In addition, capuchin monkeys do not leave their group until they reach sexual maturity. Dallas was clearly torn away from his mother at too young of an age.

Dallas should not spend the next 50 years of his life trapped in a house. PETA has already contacted a sanctuary in Dallas, Texas that is willing to take Dallas. He would be surrounded by other monkey companions and able to play outdoors, like a typical capuchin monkey. Sign this petition and demand that local authorities take action and move Dallas to the sanctuary.


Dear Ms. Humble,

Dez Bryant, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, has recently acquired an infant capuchin monkey. Mr. Bryant posted a photo to the popular social media outlet, Instagram, to make the announcement of his new pet. However, Mr. Bryant is not legally allowed to own a capuchin monkey. A special permit is required in order to legally own a capuchin monkey and private individuals cannot obtain this permit.

Wild capuchin monkeys live in groups with up to 20 other monkeys. They are highly intelligent animals who need lots of social and mental stimulation. This cannot be found in a human’s home. Capuchin monkeys spend much of their time in tree tops, guarding their territory that is usually about 80 to 200 acres.

Dallas, the name given to Mr. Bryant’s monkey, should not be subjected to living the rest of his life inside a human’s home. The animal rights organization, PETA, has already contacted an accredited sanctuary in Dallas, Texas that is willing to take Dallas. At the sanctuary, Dallas would be surrounded by monkey companions and be able to explore the outdoors like capuchin monkeys should do. I am urging you to please take action to help this infant monkey live a happy and healthy life.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Dez Bryant

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  1. Dianna mitchner says:

    Please des this is a living creature that deserves to live wild. Let this monkey go to a sanctuary.

  2. Capuchin monkeys do not belong in captivity–especially with an illegal owner, Dez Bryant! To make matters worse, this monkey is only an infant!
    This intelligent monkey belongs with others of its species in a wild sanctuary. PETA found one. Let this little animal have a decent life–not a horrid one with this criminal football player!
    Bryant should be charged a huge fine!

  3. What a pathetic individual. You are responsible for a baby being taken away from its Mother & family group just for your amusement. Shame on you!

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