Justin Bieber has reportedly drawn fire from animal rights activists, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), for purchasing a puppy from a pet store rather than choosing to rescue a dog from a shelter, according to WENN.
While home for the holidays, the 19-year-old Canadian singer purchased a 7-week-old American bulldog from Ruffin's Pet Centre in Stratford, Ontario, reports E!
Bieber's father, Jeremy Bieber, soon took to Twitter with a badly misspelled message about the new pet, writing, "So were gona let one lucky #belieber name @justinbieber s new puppy.... Follow and find out how it can be you."
A fan eventually came up with the dog's new name: Karma.
In a moderate statement, Daphna Nachminovitch, PeTA's Senior VP 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."
Interestingly, Bieber was once a solid PeTA supporter. A search of the organization's Web site
reveals quite a few news items including a PeTA banner featuring Bieber's photo and the message "Animals Can Make U Smile: Adopt from your local shelter," a 2011 article praising Bieber and then girlfriend Selena Gomez for adopting a husky mix together from a Canadian shelter, and a video PSA Bieber shot for PeTA2.
Bieber's previous pet, a capuchin monkey named Mally, was confiscated by German border officials in March after he failed to obtain the proper permits to enter the country with the animal. WENN reports, "Mally was subsequently placed in a zoo after the singer decided not to reclaim the primate."