Justin Bieber has been criticized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists for choosing to buy a puppy from a pet store instead of rescuing a dog from a shelter.
Justin added a new member to his family on Thursday (Dec26) after a Bulldog named Petey caught his eye while visiting a shop in Stratford, Canada, but his actions have raised eyebrows among animal rights activists, who have accused him of failing to set a good example to millions of fans.
Daphna Nachminovitch, Peta’s Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations, tells WENN:
Whether or not reports are true that Justin Bieber purchased a puppy from a pet store for $600, Peta wants to remind everyone that when you buy a dog or cat from a pet store or breeder, you sentence an animal in a shelter to death.
Six to eight million homeless animals enter shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanized for lack of a good home, so there is no excuse for buying an animal, no matter who you are.
Justin hasn’t had a great track record with pets – a hamster he previously gave away to a fan died, while his capuchin monkey, Mally, was confiscated by German border officials in March (13) after he didn’t get the proper permits to enter the country with his monkey. Mally was subsequently placed in a zoo after Justin decided not to reclaim the primate.
Renaming his new dog Petey.
On December 28, 2013, fans helped Justin renaming his new dog. His dad Jeremy Bieber tweeted:
so we have got a name selected for the newest Bieber. Big thanks to @justinfredos the Belieber who chose it “.Karma