justin bieber monkey business
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Since she was confiscated by German customs officials on March 28th, Mally the baby capuchin has received absolutely zero personal interest from her former owner Justin Bieber.

I say former because as of last night (May 17th) at midnight, Mally officially became the property of Germany. Customs officials had given the pop star and his entourage until then to claim the monkey – a gift from producer Jamal “Mally Mall” Rashid – but beyond some unconfirmed emails from Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, nothing official was ever communicated.

Such personal disregard for the welfare of an animal is nothing new for the Biebs. The singer was slammed by animal rights groups last December after casually giving away his pet hamster to a fan (the animal died last month), as well as auctioning off his his baby boa constrictor ”Johnson” to raise money for charity.

“I found it really disgusting that celebrities like Bieber would stoop to a level of using living creatures as a fashion accessory and then so easily discard it,” the winning bidder, who immediately donated the snake to a reptile zoo, told E! Online. ”I am a huge pet and animal lover and was amazed that Mr. Bieber would actually auction off his own personal pet.”

With each incident, we’re becoming less amazed and more upset that someone with so much influence would be so callous with animals they take under their care. Not surprisingly, “Vampire Diaries” star and animal/environmental advocate Ian Somerhalder feels the same way – urging Bieber is a recent tweet to set a better example.

 

 

Whether or not Bieber ever says anything about the incident, German officials at the very least will be sending him a bill for thousands owed for Mally’s care while in quarantine. Considering how much the 19-year-old makes annually, let’s hope he has the decency to at least reimburse Mally’s caretakers quickly.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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