Floyd Mayweather Slammed By PETA Over Pet Tiger Christmas Present (PHOTO)
Floyd Mayweather is getting slammed by PETA after he received a pet tiger as a Christmas present.
On Friday, the heavyweight championship posted a photo of himself sitting on the stairs of a mansion as his baby tiger lays near by. Mayweather is holding a leash that connects to a collar around the animal’s neck. The gift was given to him by the Russian sect of his “Money Team.”
Mayweather wrote in the caption, “I want to thank my family @themoneyteamrussia here in Moscow, Russia for the hospitality & my early Christmas present, a rare & exotic tiger from India. Any suggestions for a name for this two-month old, female tiger? #Moscow #Russia.”
The post became filled with critical comments, leading The Money Team to post on its own Instagram page, “PLEASE EVERYBODY RELAX! @floydmayweather JUST GOT SPECIAL CERTIFICATE AND WILL TAKE CARE OF HER. HE LOVES ANIMALS. IT’S TOTALLY LEGAL!”
Legal or not, PETA still objects. In a statement, the animal rights organization says:
“Mayweather can have anything he wants, and what he should want is an end to the wild-animal trade, not to be a facilitator of it. Tigers do poorly as ‘pets’ – they belong in their native habitats, not in a cage in a celebrity’s home as a ‘show-off’ prop, 100 per cent certain to be discarded at a roadside zoo or a cheap circus or to meet some other tawdry end after they become too strong to handle and begin to show a will of their own.
“Wild animals kept as amusements never have a fighting chance at a natural life. Having been torn away from their mothers at a young age, many are violently beaten by trainers and all are deprived of what’s natural and important to them. PETA appeals to Floyd Mayweather to be a real champ for animals and allow his ‘Christmas present’ to be moved to a wildlife sanctuary.”
The boxer has not responded to PETA’s complaint. TELL US: What do you think of Mayweather getting a tiger as a pet for Christmas?