Justin Bieber in Los Angeles

Justin Bieber is catching heat for wearing an oversized hooded Lynx fur coat to ward off the freezing Los Angeles nights. The 22-year-old pop singer was spotted wearing the luxurious pelt while club hopping with friends.

When a paparazzo asked Bieber if the coat was real, the offended singer shot back, “Hell yeah, it’s f–king real!”

That prompted PETA President Ingrid Newkirk to fire off a press release condemning Bieber for his history of neglecting animals.

“I sometimes think that Justin Bieber needs a brain scan, as I suspect his mirror neurons — the seat of empathy — are underdeveloped or undeveloped, given that he acts like a self-absorbed, childish showoff. He seems incapable of seeing how his buying habits cause needless suffering to animals, such as baby tigers, baby monkeys, and wild coyotes. Animal groups are tired of having to clean up after him, from the abandoned baby monkey in Germany (now rescued) to the abusive zoo in Canada (now closed) to having to run ads explaining the horrible ways in which animals die for fur.”

So far Bieber has not responded.

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