North Carolina Black Bear Festival Is Now Animal-Free

The North Carolina Black Bear Festival is making it clear that animal-exploiting businesses are a thing of the past, because it just committed to going animal-free! This compassionate decision came after talks with PETA about the suffering inherent in bear shows—the festival hosted a captive-bear display last year. Now, instead of watching captive bears who’ve been carted to different cities to be put on display, people will learn about these animals in a way that’s truly educational and humane through expert presentations, a museum, and tours of their natural habitat.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind