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Justin Bieber Gets Criticized By PETA for Posing with Tiger

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 03, 2016
Justin Bieber Gets Criticized By PETA for Posing with Tiger

Justin Bieber took a trip to Toronto this past weekend to celebrate his Father, Jeremy Bieber’s engagement. However, the joyous occasion turned sour pretty quickly.

Bieber took to Instagram to share with his fans one of the main attractions at the party:


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As you can imagine, this did not go over too well with animal lovers, and organizations alike –  the main one being People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which is an American animal rights organization based in Virginia.

The organization wrote a profound and detailed statement on May 1st criticizing Bieber and his family for bringing the tiger to the party.

“What Justin and other party guests probably don’t know is that Michael Hackenberger, the owner of that zoo, was recently charged with five counts of cruelty to animals because of PETA’s undercover footage, which shows him viciously whipping a young tiger during a ‘training’ session and then bragging about it,” PETA said.

They then continued to say that “exotic animals used for entertainment are usually torn away from their mothers at a young age, beaten into submission by trainers, and forced to live in cramped enclosures. They may even be fed sedatives so that they’re docile during events and parties like the one Justin attended. Tigers used in this way are denied everything that they need to be happy, and we can only imagine that the tiger Justin posed with has experienced a life of misery. Justin and other guests are lucky that they weren’t attacked by the wild animals. In similar situations, animals have been known to lash out because of the stress of their miserable lives.”

Neither Justin nor Jeremy have responded to PETA’s comments, but PETA is pleading with the family to never use wild life for entertainment purposes again.

What are your thoughts on the picture? Is it too late now to say sorry?

Cover Photo Credit: Splash News