Target: Pop star Justin Biever
Goal: Demand an apology for his cruelty towards his pet monkey
Justin Bieber’s pet Capuchin monkey, named Mally, was seized and quarantined at a Munich airport recently. Tests performed on it in quarantine revealed that it was only 14 weeks old, not nearly old enough to be away from its mother. In addition, Bieber failed to even contact the quarantine center to ask about Mally, and has been allowing the monkey to be in a constant state of stress, because it misses its mother.
The monkey is assumed to have been removed from its mother’s care when it was around 9 weeks old, even though Capuchin monkeys need to be surrounded by their entire family for at least a year. The monkeys are not even considered adults until they are eight years old. Taking a monkey away at such a young age results in immense amounts of psychological stress, as demonstrated in Mally’s behavior. The quarantine center reported that the monkey was “nervous,” and “confused,” and photos of Bieber with the monkey show that Mally would only eat food when coaxed with a stuffed animal meant to replace its mother.
Bieber also had no paperwork proving that he’d gotten the monkey legally–Capuchin monkeys are a protected species, and are often smuggled out of South America and sold on the black market. Justin Bieber must apologize for his cruelty towards this endangered animal.
Sign the petition below and let your voice be heard.
Dear Justin Bieber,
Those who live more public lives have a responsibility to set an example for those who may look up to or admire them. This is why the recent scandal involving the Capuchin monkey Mally is important–it is not merely a mistake or a misunderstanding, but an opportunity to either advocate for, or provide an example against, animal rights.
By correcting the wrongs obviously done to Mally, and by publicly apologizing and explaining why this sort of treatment towards animals is wrong, the public will be given a positive example. Those who have been following this development need to see that when animals are mistreated, their owners apologize and make sure the animals then receive better care. Such acts will spark a greater understanding of what animal cruelty means worldwide, and will encourage people to correct their own habits, and be more responsible towards animals. This is why it is so important that an apology be made–so that others will see the cruelty inherent in the mistreatment of domesticated animals.
[Your Name Here]
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