Credit: PAC Bieber on Twitter Photo: Justin Bieber with Hamster PAC

Justin Bieber gave an early Christmas present to one of his friends recently, but the gifting has animal activists up in arms.

The California Hamster Association has told TMZ that Justin committed “animal cruelty” when he gave his pet hamster, PAC, to an 18-year-old fan named Tori following his performance at Atlanta’s Jingle Ball on December 12.

In the grainy video below, you can see the Biebs handing PAC’s cage to Tori. “That’s all you... You gotta take care of PAC,” he tells her. “I swear I’ll take care of him!” Tori responds.

Tori later posted photos to the web of herself with the inherited rodent — who even has his own Twitter account from his Bieber days.

But the organization took issue with the act of kindness, saying that hamsters are delicate creatures who “often succumb quickly to illness and death,” especially when undergoing “sudden environmental change.”

CHA says that Justin should have taken PAC to an animal shelter or rescue shelter to best ensure that a new owner is found in a safer manner.

In other words, not a hand-off amidst dozens of screaming Beliebers.

Source: TMZ