Don’t come for the Biebs! Justin Bieber hit back at the animal rights organization PETA after they publicly slammed the 25-year-old for purchasing part-exotic cats for a whopping $35,000. He took to his Instagram Story on Thursday, October 3, to respond to the backlash.

“PETA can suck it,” the singer wrote on a screenshot of an article where the organization threw shade at the newlywed for opting out of rescuing his pets. “Baby, baby, baby, nooooooo,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange told 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.’”

In response to the harsh allegation, Justin stated, “PETA, go focus on real problems. Like poaching and animal brutality. You are tripping because I want a specific kind of cat? You weren’t tripping when I got my dog Oscar and he wasn’t a rescue …” Justin continued, “Every pet we get must be a rescue? I believe in adopting rescues but also think there are preferences and that’s what breeders are for.”

Justin Bieber Goes Off Instagram Over His 35000 Cats
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“PETA, go help with all of the plastic in the ocean and leave my beautiful cats alone,” he added. He also made sure to plug his kitties’ new Instagram handle @kittysushiandtuna, where you can peep all of Sushi and Tuna’s cute adventures.

The kittens are part-domestic cat and part-African Serval. They were allegedly purchased for $20,000 and $15,000 respectively from a breeder called Select Exotics based in Illinois, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Besides the hefty price tag, it might be hard to get a Sushi and Tuna of your own. The jungle cat hybrid is considered a “living room leopard” and are banned in Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, the Savannah Cat Association states.

Luckily, they are allowed in Arizona, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Although we might not be able to own a “Sooosh Magooosh” or “Tushi buns,” we can be sure to count on Justin to keep us updated on his cute kitties.

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