According to PETA, Bieber’s dad brought in the tiger from the Michael Hackenberger-owned Bowmanville Zoo for a Toronto party, where Bieber posed with the feline. Hackenberger is currently facing animal cruelty charges after PETA released footage of him whipping a tiger.
“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,” PETA said in a statement on their website. “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.”
Bieber’s love for less domesticated animals is no secret: In 2013, the musician received a monkey as a birthday gift. Although the German government confiscated the monkey that same year, Bieber stands by his choice of pet. “People are always like, ‘Why did you get a monkey?'” Bieber told GQ in February. “If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a f–king monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.”
Tigers are also awesome too, but PETA maintains that they should not be guests at your next backyard barbecue. “We’re calling on Justin and his family never to use animals as selfie props or party entertainment again,” they said in their message. Read the full note on PETA’s website, and see the photo that got Bieber in trouble below.