• U.S.
  • animals

A Big Cat Rescue Group Isn’t Happy With Floyd Mayweather’s Pet Tiger

1 minute read

Floyd Mayweather may be excited about his new pet tiger, but a big cat rescue group doesn’t feel the same way.

Mayweather shared a photo on Instagram this week talking about his “early Christmas present”: a two-month-old female tiger.

But Big Cat Rescue, a nonprofit sanctuary in Florida, took to Facebook Sunday to condemn the fighter’s new pet.

“We do not believe there is ANY acceptable situation for big cats to be pets,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. “The fact that he is a celebrity makes it even worse in that now many of his fans will think it’s cool to have a tiger as a pet and want to do the same thing. It’s incredibly irresponsible for anyone to think these alpha predators would make good pets. We believe it is cruel and abusive for anyone to own a big cat as a pet.”

The post encouraged users to comment (politely) on Mayweather’s Facebook page.

More Must-Reads from TIME

Write to Tessa Berenson Rogers at tessa.Rogers@time.com