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Justin Bieber Received Official Complaint From Toronto Animal Services For Those Controversial Pics With Exotic Cats

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There's no doubt Justin Bieber loves to show off hanging out with exotic animals on Instagram — a hobby that has landed him in some pretty hot water!

You may recall back in April when the singer posed alongside a chained Bengal tiger at his father's engagement party (above), and then again in a picture posted a month later with a lion cub — and these are just two of the times in Toronto alone.

Well turns out the 22-year-old received a formal complaint from Toronto Animal Services back at the beginning of June stating that both of these instances violated a municipal code that bans the "keeping" of wild animals such as lions, tigers, and bears cougars in the city.

Related: Justin Flat Out Denies A Fan A Hug

The notice of violation and request for compliance in the future, dated June 3, 2016, was obtained Thursday by PETA and can be viewed (below)!

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Already Has A Casting Change! Find Out Why The Stage Play Will No Longer Be Using Real Owls!

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Looks like Hedwig will no longer need to break a wing!

Earlier this week, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child started its previews at the Palace Theatre in London, and audiences couldn't get enough of the magical 2-part stage play!

But despite rave reviews, one hiccup during the first-ever performance has already called for the production to remove live owls from the show!

Related: Rowling Wants You To #KeepTheSecrets Of Cursed Child!

During Tuesday night's debut performance, an owl that was supposed to make a quick flight during a scene failed to return to its handler — and instead escaped into the auditorium!

Since the play is still in its preview stage, producers were quick to scrap the birds. Audiences on Thursday night's show were greeted with a sign that said "no real birds" were used.

The producers explained their decision in an animal-friendly statement:

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Justin Bieber’s Latest Instagram Includes Dog Sh*t, Pricey Clothes, & Even A PETA Shoutout — HUH?!

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Well this is an inneresting way to start your day!

Justin Bieber posted a lengthy Instagram video on Tuesday morning as he walked about his several closets shirtless, pondering what he was gonna wear. Life can be so hard sometimes!

The 22-year-old first showed us a brand new printed Adidas jacket before he becomes unimpressed, throws it on the ground, and moves to the next room. LOL!

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As the Sorry singer moves to another closet, he stumbles upon dog sh*t, which he of course leaves on the ground and keeps going. Why would his dog DARE poo on the floor — what does he look like, a maid service or something?!

Next up, Justin shows the camera a "street worker, not a prostitute" jacket followed by a fur coat which he jokes would make him "PETA's favorite person in the world."

Considering the Biebs has taken some heat by the organization for posing with captive tigers — you can tell he thinks he's pretty clever with this one!

Ch-ch-check out the closet tour — which has since been deleted from JB's page — for yourself (below)!

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PETA Files An Official Complaint Against Justin Bieber's Dad For The Controversial Tiger Display At His Engagement Party!

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PETA is NOT happy with Justin Bieber's dad Jeremy!

On Thursday, it was revealed that the animal rights organization submitted an official complaint to the Toronto Animal Services' Enforcement/Mobile Response unit in regards to a potentially unlawful exhibition of several exotic animals at a party thrown for the Sorry singer's father. Yikes!

Apparently, a tiger, lion or tiger cub, lemur, and camel were all present at the controversial bash. Eek!

Related: Justin Dethrones Kendall Jenner On Instagram!

According to the group's complaint, the city's law prohibits the possession of these kinds of animals — which means Mr. Bieber could be slapped with a fine up to $5,000. Well, that's not SO bad!

Brittany Peet, the organization's Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, shared:

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Justin Bieber Slammed By PETA After Posing With Captive Tiger At His Dad's Engagement Party

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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

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Courtney Stodden Lays In A Pool Of Blood Dressed As A Sexy Mouse To Protest PetSmart's Allegedly Cruel Pet Trade

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Courtney Stodden is "dying" for people to stop buying live animals from PetSmart.

The 21-year-old dressed up as a sexy (dead) mouse on Thursday and joined PETA in an El Lay protest against the pet store's allegedly cruel pet trade.

According to a 15-week PETA investigation, a PetSmart supplier has been accused of gassing animals in plastic bags and setting them aside "to die and waste away." Additionally, the organization says that small animals are being warehoused in plastic bins and even frozen alive.

This is so horrific if true!

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Miz Stodden — who laid on the sidewalk in a pool of fake blood — said of the protest:

"It's heartbreaking to think that countless mice, rats, bunnies, and lizards are dying in filthy bins for PetSmart's stores. My friends at PETA and I urge everyone to refuse to shop anywhere that sells live animals!"

Doug Hutchison's bride took to her own Instagram to say:

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Life Of Pi Animal Trainer Charged With Five Counts Of Animal Cruelty After Whipping Video Surfaces

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This story breaks our hearts, but at least there will be some justice here.

Back in December we showed you the upsetting video of Bowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger, who has provided animals for several productions including the award-winning Life Of Pi, allegedly striking a young Siberian tiger.

In the clip released by PETA, Hackenberger appears to be repeatedly lashing the large cat with a whip and then later explaining the most effective places to hit the animal. The animal trainer later denied PETA's "lies."

In new developments on Wednesday, the Ontario SPCA has charged the trainer with five counts of animal cruelty after thoroughly reviewing his zoo's practices.

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According to TMZ, the charges include causing the animal distress by

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