Justin Bieber
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes.
Photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey, Mally, was only 14-weeks-old when the singer abandoned him in Germany. Now, 20-weeks-old, Bieber’s representatives have unofficially told the German shelter that is holding the primate that they would like them to find a zoo for him.

While the shelter has been doing its best to care for Mally, they acknowledge that keeping the young male isolated from his own species has not been best for him.

Judith Brettmeister, a spokeswoman for the shelter, said about the capuchin, “From an animal rights perspective, it would have been better to do that before, as he is being kept well here but not with members of his own species.”

According to Herald, the shelter will not be disclosing which zoo the primate will be moved to. Because there has been so much buzz around Mally, the shelter has chosen to keep that information private. Thankfully, he will be moved to a location where he can live with members of his own species.

Personally, at 6pm tonight (since Germany is six hours ahead of New York) I’ll be raising a glass to Mally, thankful that he will no longer be Justin Bieber’s “pet”, and while sadly no longer with his mother, the monkey will go on to live with others like him.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://twitter.com/nothoney sheryl bottner

    It’s a shame Mally has to live in a zoo instead of at a sanctuary such as Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. Still, it’s better than being attached to Bieber in any way.