“Baby, baby, baby, nooooooo,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange about Justin Bieber spending $35,000 on two part-exotic kittens, Sushi and Tuna.
The singer, 25, reportedly spent $20,000 on one kitten (Sushi) and $15,000 on the other (Tuna).
Sushi and Tuna are part-domestic cat and part-African Serval and were purchased from the Illinois-based breeder Select Exotics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Having learned this, PETA expressed its disappointment to People.
"Justin Bieber could inspire his fans around the world to save a life by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter — rather than fueling the dangerous demand for hybrid cats, contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis, and proving that when it comes to helping animals, his stance so far is ‘I don’t care,'" said Lange.
Bieber took his anger to Instagram, saying "PETA can suck it" on his Instagram story of a screenshot of People's article about PETA's opinion on Bieber's cats.
"PETA go focus on real problems. Like poaching, and animal brutality. Ur tripping because I want a specific kind of cat? U weren't tripping when I got my dog Oscar and he wasn't a rescue...every pet we get must be a rescue? I believe in adopting rescues but I also think there are preferences and that's what breeders are for," the "U Smile" singer proceeded to write on his Instagram story.
"PETA go help with all of the plastic in the ocean, and leave my beautiful cats alone," tagging the Instagram account dedicated to his cats.
PETA's President Ingrid Newkirk told Fox News in a statement:
"Sorry, Justin, but you must think more deeply about this issue: When millions of animals are losing their lives every year because not enough people adopt—choosing instead to shop—the animal overpopulation crisis is a 'real problem.' That's what 'sucks.' PETA urges you to spend just one hour in a municipal animal shelter with us—we think you'll understand how hard it is to look into the animals' eyes and know that because people pay breeders, many of them will pay with their lives. You have the power to be a great role model on this issue—your behavior guides that of tons of your fans—so please put that to good use."
The two feline Bieber family members have their own Instagram account, which has over 259,000 followers and documents the adorable kittens’ daily adventures.
They legally got married in September 2018 at a New York City courthouse.
The couple has been on and off for years but confirmed they were dating in June 2018, only to be engaged by July 2018.