Bieber's hamster gift irks animal rights group

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Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber faces the wrath of the animal rights campaigners for giving away his pet to a fan.

The singer thrilled a young girl at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta, Georgia, last week by handing her a cage containing his beloved pet, Pac, reports tmz.com.

Bieber asked the fan to "take care" of the hamster, which he adopted in October.

However, officials at the California Hamster Association condemned Justin's act.

"(Hamsters) often succumb quickly to illness and death (when faced 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," said a spokesperson.

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