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Justin Bieber is under fire after gifting his beloved hamster PAC to a die-hard Bieber fan. The California Hamster Association claims that the “As Long As You Love Me” singers gifting was an act of animal cruelty.
The CHA tells TMZ that hamsters are very fragile animals that “often succumb quickly to illness and death.” CHA notes that this is especially possible with “sudden environmental change."
"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 rep for the organization explains.
PAC was handed off to one of Bieber’s fans while the heart-throb was signing autographs. As we previously reported, while Bieber was signing the autographs, he suddenly turned and handed the hamster cage to one lucky screaming fan.
“You gotta take care of PAC,” the 18-year-old singer tells the fan. She replied, “I will take care of him!”
According to CHA, Bieber should have given PAC to a shelter where they could find the proper adoptive parents and ease him into a new home.
TMZ notes that PAC is currently alive and doing just fine.