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Hundreds of Bears Suffer in Squalid Roadside Zoos Because of USDA's Inaction—Including in Cherokee
Cherokee, N.C. -- Last month, PETA
enlisted FedEx to launch "Bear Force One" to send a bear, once living
in a sleazy roadside zoo in North Carolina, to his sanctuary home in the
rolling hills of California. Now, the group has submitted a petition to the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting that the agency implement specific
regulations for the treatment of bears held in captivity by exhibitors,
dealers, and research facilities, which would include three bear exhibits in
Cherokee: Cherokee Bear Zoo, Chief Saunooke Bear Park, and Santa's Land.
Studies show that bears are just as complex and intelligent as primates are,
but current federal regulations don't address the needs of bears. Experts agree
that pacing, circling, head-tossing, and cage-biting—abnormal actions that are
common among the bears at Cherokee's three facilities—are signs of suffering
caused by inhumane conditions of captivity.
bear exhibits have been cited by the USDA for failure to offer veterinary care
to sick, suffering, and emaciated animals; filthy, unsanitary, and
foul-smelling conditions; failure to supply food and water to hungry and
thirsty animals; unsafe handling; and other violations. Chief Saunooke Bear
Park was recently formally charged with 14 violations. Although an important
step, the charges fail to address a fundamental problem: the fact that the
bears spend their lives in barren, sensory-deprived concrete pits. PETA's
recommended regulations—developed in consultation with bear experts—include
prohibiting exhibitors from keeping bears in pits and providing bears with
naturalistic habitats, dens to nest and hibernate in, water sources to bathe
in, and sufficient space for foraging and exploration.
the USDA allows people to keep bears in concrete pits and to force them to
depend on dog food and scraps of bread tossed into their cages, denying them
any semblance of a natural or enjoyable life," says PETA Foundation
Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "The bears
at Cherokee's parks are barely surviving in squalid prisons because the USDA
has failed to address their needs."
petition to the USDA is available here. For more
information, please visit PETA.org.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.