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Bear Bites 9-Year-Old Girl

Written by PETA | August 26, 2010

UPDATE: Victory! As the Chief Saunooke Bear Park struggled, a private benefactor offered to purchase all of the bears. The park quickly accepted the offer and the bears were finally retired to a spacious sanctuary. Read more about the victory and how the bears are doing now here.

Originally posted August 26, 2010:

After learning that a 9-year-old girl was bitten by a bear at Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP) in Cherokee, N.C., PETA hand-delivered a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking that the zoo’s exhibitor’s license be revoked immediately. According to a USDA inspection report, the girl was scratched and had tooth marks on her wrist bone after being allowed to get up close to the bear to feed the animal Lucky Charms and cat food. Let me get this straight: The bear’s diet includes junk food and little girls. The incident was the second documented bite at CSPB in that week. Last December, a 75-year-old caretaker was attacked by a bear at this crummy roadside zoo.

PETA is working to close the filthy bear pits in Cherokee, N.C., and get the animals shipped to sanctuaries. The shoddy enclosures and the lax approach to human-animal interactions pose a threat to humans, and the bears live a miserable life that can’t remotely be termed “humane.” CSBP was recently cited for risking serious injury to animals by maintaining unsafe enclosures, feeding bears cat food and sugary cereal, reusing filthy food trays, and other violations.

Please ask the USDA to pull the plug on this dangerous and cruel operation.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Tonni morgan says:

    i would like to comment on Meg Schramm’s comment posted Aug 27 2010. This is about Animals being kept in unsafe pens and treatment of bears. your comment about the childs parents is totally common for people who have nothing better to do than verbally batter parents about parenting skills. what if i came into your home and did not like the way you were raising your child. that fact is that you need to mind your business. every parent has a time of miss judgement. or lack of. so lets say that we get Child Protective Services involved and go back and investigate all the parents that took their child there and did the same thing with their kids. Give me a Break!!! please, i bet you dont even have children. before you look into some elses back yard, please check in yours, for there might be another nosy person just looking into your backyard and dont like what they see. and make a call on you. Now!! back to the bears.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Not only should the zoo be closed but whatever passes for Child Protective Services in the child’s home state needs to investigate the little girl’s home life. If her parents are so unintellegent that they think it is safe to allow her that close to a full grown bear they need to lose custody until they take and pass parenting classes including child safety.