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A photo showing Justin Bieber posing with a Bengal Tiger at the engagement party of his father Jeremy Bieber.

Justin Bieber slammed by PETA for petting, posing with a tiger

3 May 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E) – Justin Bieber has recently posted a photo of him posing and petting a Bengal tiger, which was taken at the engagement party of his father, Jeremy Bieber, but he was slammed by animal rights group PETA .

According to reports, PETA slammed the “Sorry” singer for posing with a chained tiger. The Canadian pop star’s photo was taken back in Canada as the singer returned home for the engagement of Jeremy and his fiancée Chelsey Rebelo . It was unclear why there was a Bengal tiger at the engagement party.

PETA’s Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement, "Justin Bieber is lucky not to have had his throat torn out by this stressed captive tiger. 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 continued to say that Michael Hackenberger , the owner of the Bowmanville Zoo, was recently charged with five counts of cruelty to animals due to the animal rights group’s undercover video. Lange added that Hackenberger supplied tigers for movies like “Life of Pi” and “The Interview.” Lange also said that exotic animals used for entertainment may even be fed sedatives so that they are docile during events like that of what Justin recently attended.

Justin has not yet responded to the statement of PETA but he has not taken down his post on Instagram yet. In addition to posting the big cat photo, Bieber also debuted his new ‘do. This comes after he received lots of criticism for wearing blond dreadlocks. The “Company” crooner then shaved all his hair off.

Jeremy was in a relationship with Pattie Mallette in the past, with whom he had Justin. He also has two more children, Jazmyn , 7, and Jaxon , 6, who he had with his ex Erin Wagner.