The controversy began according to E Online
when Chris Brown's mother Joyce Hawkins, who is the singer's manager posted to Twitter a link to CB Breeds
which features the 22-year-old singer holding an adorable American pit bull terrier puppy and offering to sell seven of them for $1,000 a piece.
Chris Brown who is serving
five years probation for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna, has faced disappointing album sales and criticism over his alleged hot temper. The tweet according to E Online read "Chris Brown puppies for sale," and sparked a controversy by animal rights activists such as PETA which condemned the performer's new side business.
"There is no such thing as a responsible breeder while wonderful dogs are being put down in animal shelters across the country for lack of a good home. This is a moneymaking scheme, and Brown will count the suckers who fall for it as he counts the money on the way to the bank," PETA was quoted by E Online as saying in a statement. The organization went on to name drop some of Brown's rivals in the entertainment industry who do not support breeding companies, "Shelters will count the bodies in the barrel. As Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz and Rocsi Diaz say, "Adopt, never buy."
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was scathing in their rebuke of Brown, calling what he is doing, "backyard breeding." Madeline Bernstein a spokeswoman for the SPCA of Los Angeles stated in a statement "There is no reason to breed and produce more pit bull puppies when there are pit puppies waiting for homes in every shelter in America," Bernstein went on to say "Furthermore, as some of these dogs suffer from and are victims of their owner's misuse, they can be even harder to place."
Madeline Bernstein suggests, according to E Online that people interested in getting a dog, adopt from a shelter, citing the price is often cheaper and the dog is usually fully trained.
As for Chris Brown, the singer who will release a new album
under RCA in July, stated through his publicist that he is not breeding dogs, that his family in Virginia just had a litter and were selling them to ensure they got good homes. "He loves animals, especially dogs," said his representative to E Online.