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Hundreds of Bears Suffer in Squalid Roadside Zoos Because of USDA's Inaction
N.C. — Last month, PETA enlisted FedEx to launch "Bear Force One" to
send a bear named Ben, once living in a sleazy roadside zoo called Jambbas
Ranch in Fayetteville, 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. That would include Jambbas, where Ben was housed in what a
Cumberland County judge described as a "12-by-22 concrete chain-link-fence
dog run." Ben was fed a diet consisting primarily of dry dog food that was
dumped once a day on the same floor where he urinated and defecated. He drank
from and bathed in fetid water in a filthy tank. Unable to hibernate or
socialize with other bears, Ben was finally liberated from his lonely existence
by a court order on August 27.
Ben's atrocious living conditions, USDA inspectors believed that they were
technically compliant with existing regulations, a fact that PETA disputes, but PETA's new
recommended regulations—developed in consultation with bear experts—would leave
no doubt in anyone's mind. They include providing bears with naturalistic
habitats, dens to nest and hibernate in, pools or other 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 bears 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. "Ben spent
each waking moment in a squalid prison because the USDA has failed to address
show that bears are just as complex and intelligent as primates are, but current
federal regulations don't address the special needs of bears, which means that
hundreds of roadside zoos confine these animals to small barren cages or
concrete pits that give them no opportunity to engage in natural behaviors.
Ben—who has since been transferred to a spacious sanctuary in accordance with a
court order—spent 75 percent of his waking hours engaged in abnormal pacing
behavior, a sign of suffering caused by inhumane confinement. The final court
order imposed a lifetime ban on Jambbas' acquisition of any more bears.
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.