Famed song “Baby” singer Justin Bieber is caught once again in the crosshairs of non-profitable organization PETA for purchasing Savannah kittens worth $35,000.
25-year-old singer purchased two kittens, Sushi and Tuna in between August and September. The singer, keeping up the celebrity tradition, even created an Instagram page for his adorable kittens with the name ‘kittysushiandtuna’, which has already amassed 203,000 followers.
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange criticized Bieber for purchasing the hybrid and exotic kittens. She said, “Justin Bieber could inspire his fans around the world to save a life by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter — rather than fueling the dangerous demand for hybrid cats, contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis, and proving that when it comes to helping animals, his stance so far is ‘I don’t care’.”
This is not the first time that Bieber has purchased an exotic animal like the Savannah kittens or received backlash from PETA. Yet, the singer seems to be unaffected by the criticism, as he openly . asked his followers to follow the page created for his feline pets.
While Bieber has the right to purchase any kitten or pet he wants, there are many reasons why he should have adopted a cat from the local shelter home, instead of purchasing a part-domestic cat and part-African Serval feline.
One of the many reasons is that being a celebrity, Bieber needs to acknowledge the fact that local pet adoption shelters are already overcrowded with household pets. This might even lead to mercy killing of these pets, which is inhumane in nature.
Had the singer adopted a pet from a local shelter instead of purchasing the Savannah kittens and promoted it the same way he promoted them, there is a possibility that out of his 120 million followers, some might have actually followed his decision in real life and saved the life of a few homeless pet animals.
Another major reason behind PETA’s criticism is that Bieber has not yet established himself as a responsible pet owner, despite trying from the past seven years.
In 2013, Bieber had his pet Capuchin monkey named, OG Malley seized when he arrived at Munich airport by the custom authorities, who put the animal in quarantine. Furthermore, hopes that Bieber would be careful and take good care of his pets in future were crashed in January 2017, when he gave away his seven-month-old Chow puppy Todd, on the grounds of being “too busy to care for it”.
Seeing his past record, busy schedule and recent marriage celebration, let’s hope that this time Bieber will take good care of his Savannah kittens that require more attention than other local pets.