AceShowbiz - Ciara and Russell Wilson are the latest celebrities who got slammed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Bosses at the animal rights organization called out the married couple after the athlete bought a new puppy for the singer instead of rescuing a shelter dog.
The "Level Up" songstress introduced their new four-legged family member through an Instagram video. The musician was smiling ear-to-ear while cradling the canine as she stood up next to her husband. In the caption, she penned, "Meet.. BRONCO."
"The kids call her Bronco Love Brownie:)," Ciara went on noting. She later divulged that Russell was the one who gave her the puppy as a Mother's Day gift, writing, "The sweetest surprise. I love you baby @DangeRussWilson #MothersDay."
Having caught wind of the post, PETA expressed its condemnation in a statement to TMZ. The organization believes that the puppy was purchased from a breeder where "mother dogs are often locked inside filthy cages and bred over and over until their bodies give out."
"One, Two Step mistake by killing a shelter dog's chances of finding a home," the message further read. "PETA is calling on the couple to Level Up on kindness by adopting a companion for this pup instead of fueling the homeless-animal crisis."
Last September, PETA officials accused the latest "Jackass" movie of animal cruelty. PETA Foundation vice president and deputy general counsel for animal law Jared Goodman claimed the cast and crew of "Jackass Forever" broke California protection laws and, in a letter sent to city and county prosecutors, he called for an investigation and, if warranted, criminal charges against all those responsible.
He cited trailer footage from the Paramount Pictures movie, which was filmed in Los Angeles County. It features Johnny Knoxville being charged by a bull, Sean McInerney being bitten on the nose by a snake, and a tarantula trapped in a plastic tube between Ehren McGhehey and Compston Wilson's heads.