Legal troubles are not new when it comes to R&B hitmaker Chris Brown. In 2009 he was under arrest for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna as well as suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
However, now he is facing criminal charges for owning a pet monkey without a permit. 2017, there was a video of his 3-year-old daughter cuddling with the young ape on his Instagram page. Unfortunately for Brown, the video caused for concern of his daughter, thus prompting an investigation. Those investigating the situation and well being of the animal were the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Brown voluntarily surrendered his pet and will face court on Wednesday, Feb. 6. His charges include two misdemeanor counts of having a capuchin monkey without a permit.
When it comes to California law, it is illegal to import, transport or possess the animals without an official permit from the Fish and Wildlife Department. Without the permit, Chris Brown could be facing a maximum of six months in jail for owning his monkey, Fiji.
Chris Brown To Face Court Over Pet Monkey And No Permit
Natives to Central and South America, capuchin monkeys are considered to be some the most intelligent of the New World monkeys. The statement comes from Brittanica.
These primates are good for helping those with physical disabilities. However, wildlife officials are against people having the animals as pets.
When they are babies, they have features that are human-life. These features make them attractive to humans. However, as they become older, they become more destructive.
According to a statement from Beth Preiss of the Humane Society, keeping any monkey as a pet is a threat to the safety of public health and the animal. They can spread disease, attack, and the average pet owner cannot meet all of their needs while in captivity.