Justin Bieber took a pause from his Purpose World Tour and partying with Drake to celebrate his dad's engagement on Saturday.
And what may have seemed like an innocent photo op with a Bengal tiger is receiving some heat from animal rights group PETA.
As we reported, Jeremy Bieber popped the question to longtime girlfriend Chelsey Rebelow back in February while vacationing in St. Barts — and the two celebrated the impending nuptials with an engagement party held at a private art show in Toronto.
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Attendees included costumed superheroes, former boxing heavyweight Lennox Lewis, Canadian opera singer Meghan Lindsay, and of course, the large tiger (above).
We hear the 22-year-old graced attendees with a small performance while playing the piano.
But what seems to be getting the most attention is the fact that the Sorry singer hung out with the beautiful cat — who PETA claims comes from Bowmanville Zoo.
Yes, that zoo whose owner was just charged with five counts of animal cruelty after an upsetting video of him allegedly striking a large cat with a whip surfaced.
In a statement to Daily Mail, PETA US senior vice president Lisa Lange said:
"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."
No confirmation if the tiger actually came from this corrupt zoo, but regardless we're not surprised PETA is going after the Bieb's for chillin' with an animal that they say has endured a "life of misery."
[Image via Instagram.]
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