Target: Justin Bieber
Goal: Apologize for posing with a captive tiger and donate to a tiger sanctuary to make up for damage you caused.
Justin Bieber attended his dad’s engagement party where he petted and posed with a captive tiger who was apparently brought in from the Bowmanville Zoo by trainer Michael Hackenberger. Hackenberger is currently facing animal cruelty charges after PETA released footage of him whipping an animal. Bieber’s actions communicated to millions of his followers that holding tigers captive is cool, when in fact it is horribly abusive and immoral.
The fight against using animals for entertainment and props has become a mainstream issue, so Justin Bieber should have known better. The situation gets substantially worse now that it’s known that the tiger was brought in by a trainer who has been charged with animal abuse.
When wild animals like tigers are used for entertainment, they’ve usually been abused since a young age in order to teach the animal submission. Wild animals should not be tortured and kept captive for the entertainment of humans.
It’s not enough for Justin to be criticized for this. Demand that Justin apologize for hanging around this poor animal and that he donate to a tiger sanctuary to make up for his mistake.
Dear Mr. Bieber,
At your father’s recent engagement party, you posed with a captive tiger who was apparently brought in by an animal trainer who is being charged with animal abuse. Animals used for entertainment like this have usually lived miserable lives where they’ve been abused from a young age and forced into captivity and submission.
As a public figure, you can take a stand against this abuse and fight for wild animals to actually be wild. I demand that you apologize and, as part of your apology, make a donation to a tiger sanctuary.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Justin Bieber