Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Justin Bieber accused of animal cruelty

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has been accused of putting his pet hamster on a "short path to its doom" by an animal charity.

The Canadian singer was videoed handing his pet Pac to a screaming fan after he performed at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta last week. The 18-year-old only gave the hamster a home in October and it is unknown why he decided to gift it to the adoring girl.

His decision has now come under fire from the California Hamster Association, which has accused him of committing "animal cruelty" by ditching the rodent.

"The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom," a representative for the organisation told TMZ.

The spokesperson explained hamsters can be anxious and don't respond well to changes in their lifestyle.

It has been suggested Justin should have been more responsible and taken Pac to a shelter when he realised he was unable to care for him properly.

Despite the claims, it's thought Pac is flourishing with his new owner Victoria Blair. The 18-year-old was delighted when her idol gave her the pet and has insisted she will care for the hamster "like a tiny rodent god", according to TMZ.

In the recording of the exchange, Justin was heard making his fan promise to care for Pac properly.

Victoria has kept people updated on the pet's progress, regularly posting images of the animal on Twitter. So far she has taken Pac to a pet store, taken naps with the animal and played with it.

Her updates mean many of Justin's fans have started following her on the social networking site, although not all of them are happy about her stroke of good luck.

"I waited outside after the concert and he just gave it to me!!!" she explained on the site. "And I have some haters now but it's okay I'm a strong girl and Justin chose me for a reason! (sic)"

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Libra:

Sorting out and organising your surroundings should be your first priority. As a general rule, you don't mind an untidy workspace. As far as you're concerned, messiness is a sign of genius. There comes a point when even the most talented person has to make order from chaos. It may take a few hours to sort through all the papers that have accumulated, but take heart. Once you dispose the junk, you'll be able to zip through chores like a hot knife through butter.More