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PETA slams Justin Bieber over tiger photograph

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LOS ANGELES — Pop star Justin Bieber has turned into a target of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) chiefs after posing with a Siberian tiger at his father’s engagement party.

PETA on Monday said the tiger comes from the Bowmanville Zoo, where the owner, Michael Hackenberger, a tiger trainer for Hollywood movies, now faces five animal cruelty charges after being allegedly caught on video whipping a tiger in his care, reported the Hollywood Reporter.

The “Sorry” singer was back in his native Toronto, Canada to celebrate his father Jeremy Bieber’s engagement to longtime girlfriend Chelsey Rebelo.

The bash took place at a private residence, where an art show called Nyotaimori Celebrating Life Love And Art was simultaneously on display, and among the unlikely items exhibited at the party were the Batmobile and a tiger.

PETA officials have lashed out at the pop singer after he posted a photo of himself gently petting the big cat on Instagram.

“Justin Bieber is lucky not to have had his throat torn out by this stressed captive tiger,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement. “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.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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