Justin Bieber Takes Heat from PETA over the Tiger Petting at His Dad’s Engagement Party

It’s not really Justin Bieber’s fault, but…

Animal rights organization PETA has spoken out against the recent photos of Justin petting a Bengal tiger at father Jeremy Bieber’s engagement party on Saturday in Toronto.

The wild animal was on loan from Ontario’s Bowmanville Zoo, reports Us Weekly, and lounged on the grass at the private event, which was also a VIP art show called the “Nyotaimori Celebrating Life Love And Art.”

PETA issued a lengthy statement regarding the animal being on display. “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. Hackenberger has supplied tigers for films such as Life of Pi and The Interview.”

The statement continued, “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.”

No comment from the Biebs yet, but he did have fun at the party, posing with superheroes and getting into the Batmobile. Click through the gallery above!