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Justin Bieber’s dad denies involvement with Bowmanville Zoo fundraiser

CityNews | posted Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016

Justin Bieber’s dad is denying media and zoo reports that the family is involved in a fundraiser at the Bowmanville Zoo.

“My family is in no way affiliated or supports any zoo. Nor are we [a part] of or the host of any fundraiser,” Jeremy Bieber wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

The Bowmanville Zoo was selling tickets – at $295 each – for an event called the Bieber Family Fun Day. Initially scheduled for Sunday, it was meant to raise money to relocate the zoo’s animals before the zoo shuts down at the end of the 2016 season. However, the link to purchase tickets now goes to a blank page, with only the Bowmanville Zoo logo to be seen.

Tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded, the Zoo wrote on Facebook.

The Durham Region newspaper said a zoo spokesperson told them that Justin Bieber would be attending, but later recanted.

Both the zoo and Bieber have come under harsh criticism for their treatment of animals. Bieber posed with a tiger at a party and held a lion cub at a concert. Both animals were allegedly provided by the Bowmanville Zoo.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged zoo owner Michael Hackenberger with four counts of causing an animal distress and one of failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for an animal. Hackenberger has since stepped down.

Related stories:

Justin Bieber gets warning from Toronto after appearing with lions in city

Justin Bieber under fire from PETA for posing with Bowmanville tiger

Bowmanville Zoo will close down at the end of 2016 season


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