On Saturday, Justin Bieber posed for photos with a tiger at his father’s engagement party in Toronto.
Yesterday, PETA US sent the pop star a letter alerting him that the big cat appears to have come from the Bowmanville Zoo, whose owner was just charged with five counts of cruelty to animals after a PETA US video showed him viciously whipping a young tiger.
“Justin Bieber is lucky not to have had his throat torn out by this stressed captive tiger”, says PETA US Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
“Tigers used for photo ops are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and the Bowmanville Zoo, in particular, was caught whipping one tiger more than 17 times, even after the cat was lying on his back in a position of submission and fear.
“This is why PETA urges everyone to stay far away from cruel and dangerous big-cat photo ops and also why we’re asking Justin to vow that this will be his last time promoting these types of abusive outfits.”
PETA now report that the trainer caught viciously whipping a young tiger has been charged with cruelty to animals: “We are pleased that criminal charges have been brought against Michael Hackenberger for the abuse of a tiger used in his exploitive zoo shows, and we hope that this case will result in an end to his torment of animals made to suffer for human entertainment.”
Justin Bieber received mix comments online about the picture.
It’s not the first time Justin has sparked an animal controversy. His pet monkey was infamously confiscated by German customs officials in early 2013 after he tired to bring it into Munich.