So it wouldn’t be that far out of the ordinary if a celebrity were to own a weird animal as a pet. But does that make it OK? How far can we go forgiving celebrities for eccentric behaviour? I would suggest that when an innocent animal’s welfare is at risk, we need to stop right there and look closely at the situation. So when a professional athlete randomly posts a photo on Instagram showing himself holding a baby monkey in his arms, there should be questions raised as to how the animal is being looked after.
NFL star Dez Bryant, receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, has posted such a photo just last week. And animal rights group PETA has questioned whether the monkey was illegally obtained, and has called for the monkey to be transferred to a sanctuary. PETA stresses that the monkey belongs in the wild, and should be cared for by wildlife experts with the training and the resources to properly care for the animal.
Here at Concord Vets we cannot stand any animal being mistreated, and we definitely agree with PETA’s stance. If Bryant’s actions are not actually illegal they definitely should be; how can it not be a legal requirement that those responsible for an animal’s wellbeing be in possession of the proper permits, training and facilities? Hopefully the authorities will take appropriate action!