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Dez Bryant subject of PETA complaint about new pet monkey

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Throughout his playing career, Dez Bryant has been no stranger to attracting negative headlines and complaints.

The latest issue causing unwanted attention has to rank up there as the most bizarre, however.

PETA problems

As reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has incurred the wrath of PETA - the animal rights group urging authorities to investigate Bryant's right to own his recently acquired pet monkey.


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Bryant revealed his new pet, appropriately named 'Dallas Bryant', to the world via a photo on his Instagram account last weekend.

But PETA is clearly unhappy with the situation and wants to see the monkey, whom they have identified as a capuchin, handed over to an animal sanctuary.

Monkey business

The organization is arguing that only those with a special permit have the right to own the species in the state of Texas.

"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," read their letter to Animal Control.

"They should not be in the hands of an NFL football player."

Busy week

The drama surrounding Bryant's right to own the pet monkey is only adding to what has been an action-packed week for the perennial Pro Bowler.

Bryant made his return to the Cowboys lineup in the team's 13-10 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and, in the aftermath of the week seven game, he was forced to deny making derogatory remarks about seriously injured Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette.

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