An animal rights group does not want Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant “monkeying around.”
PETA has called on authoritites to investigate whether Bryant has illegally obtained a baby money and asked for it to be transferred to an animal sanctuary.
The two-time Pro Bowler recently posted a photo on his Instagram account of the monkey along with the message “My new best friend… Dallas Bryant world.”
In a letter it sent to animal control authorities in DeSoto, Texas – where Bryant resides, PETA identified the monkey as a baby capuchin.
Through a statement posted on PETA’s website Monday, Brittany Peet, deputy director of captive animal law enforcement, said that the “baby capuchin was torn away from his mother shortly after birth and needs special care that can now only be provided by wildlife experts.”
“Monkeys belong in the wild — not in the hands of football players who acquire exotic animals just to make a splash on Instagram,” Peet stated.
PETA further disclosed to the DeSoto animal control that Bryant is not legally eligible to own the monkey unless he has in his possession a special-use permit – usually granted to public zoos, schools, retail pet distributors, rodeos or circuses.
“If Bryant or any other individual is found in illegal possession of this infant capuchin, please seize this animal,” according to PETA’s letter of request.
The said animal rights group also offered to help authorities to look for an accredited sanctuary for the infant primate.
“Captive monkeys should be cared for by wildlife experts who understand their physical and psychological needs and in facilities where they can live in natural social groups — they should not be in the hands of an NFL football player,” the letter stated. “This infant animal must be urgently relocated to a reputable animal sanctuary, where he or she can be provided with appropriate care.”
It is not yet confirmed whether the monkey actually lives with Bryant. But PETA and other animal rights groups are calling for Dez Bryant to release Dallas Bryant back to the wild.