ESPN insider Adam Schefter reports that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals better known as PETA wants Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to give up his recently acquired pet baby monkey.
“Monkeys belong in the wild-not in the hands of football players who acquire exotic animals just to make a splash on Instagram,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet.
“This baby capuchin was torn away from his mother shortly after birth and needs special care that can now only be provided by wildlife experts who will be able to ensure that he gets the love and attention he deserves.”
PETA has already secured space at an accredited primate sanctuary that stands ready to take in Dallas, who would be introduced to an adult female capuchin who could act as a surrogate mother figure.
He would also be able to socialize and develop with members of his own species.