MUNICH, Germany - Animal rights activists said Wednesday that Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber should be denied the right to fetch his monkey from German customs for the sake of the pet's welfare.
The German Animal Protection Society said Bieber should take to social media to apologize for bringing 14-week-old Mally, a capuchin monkey, into the country without the proper paperwork, and leave him with professional carers.
"In the interest of animal welfare he should absolutely not be allowed to keep the illegally imported pet," the group's president Thomas Schroeder said in a statement.
"He should use his influence on Facebook and Twitter to say he's sorry and do more in future to champion animal protection."
Mally was confiscated at Munich airport Thursday when Bieber was unable to present the necessary documents for importing a live animal.
The pet was reportedly a birthday present from Bieber's record producer and accompanied him on a private jet to Munich while the 19-year-old heartthrob tours Germany and Austria.
Authorities said Tuesday that the singer had four weeks to provide the required paperwork and claim his pet or else Mally would be kept permanently at an animal shelter.
Bieber's tour management contacted the site holding Mally Wednesday for further information on what health and species protection forms must be produced to claim Mally, local news agency DPA reported.
It added that four zoos in the United States, the Netherlands and Britain had expressed interest in taking the monkey.
Shelter director Karl-Heinz Joachim told local media that Mally, who was separated from his mother at an extremely early age, had been clinging to a soft toy since his arrival.