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Bob Barker Narrates New Video Exposé of Chief Saunooke Bear Park
For Immediate Release:January 7, 2013
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Cherokee, N.C. -- A PETA
undercover investigation has documented systemic neglect, deprivation, and
abuse of bears as well as an employee who called Native Americans
"long-distance corn niggers" and the facility's manager, who admitted to a secret policy against hiring Native
Americans. Add to that drug use by one employee, sexual harassment by another,
and employees being paid cash under the table in violation of federal law, and
you've got the picture at Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP).
PETA documented that staff
were deliberately depriving bears of food and denying them proper veterinary
care. In addition, bears are so stressed by their constant confinement in small,
virtually barren concrete pits that they turn in tight circles, pace endlessly,
repetitively bob and weave, and gnaw at metal cage bars, breaking their
teeth—all well-recognized signs of suffering.
PETA has submitted its
evidence to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and TV icon and animal
activist Bob Barker, who has narrated new video footage (available here), is joining
PETA in calling for CSBP's bears to be confiscated and relocated to an
accredited sanctuary without delay. In the video, a CSBP bear keeper was caught
threatening to "knock out" a USDA veterinarian and saying that he
would "like to just smack the living dogs**t out of" her. The same
bear keeper reports that it took "20 shots … in the head" to kill a
bear who attacked a worker—and that he ate the bear afterward.
"CSBP has denied these
bears the opportunity to express every natural behavior, from resting in a
proper den to foraging and roaming," says PETA Senior Vice President of
Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. "PETA stands ready to assist
the USDA in getting these miserable animals out of the cement pits and to a
sanctuary, where they will finally get to be bears."
Last summer, the USDA charged
CSBP with 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The agency is seeking
revocation or suspension of CSBP's license. PETA is also filing formal
complaints with other agencies regarding discriminatory hiring practices,
failure to pay workers minimum wage, sexual harassment, and more.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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