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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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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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