Bears Crammed in Tiny Cages at ‘T&D’s Cats of the World’—Take Action Now!

T&D’s Cats of the World in Penns Creek, Pennsylvania, exploits others in addition to felines—it confines bears, primates, and foxes to tiny, dark enclosures where they can’t even feel the full warmth of the sun. The two Asiatic black bears at T&D’s have been observed continually pacing, swinging their heads, and panting from their exertion. For bears, pacing and head-swinging are abnormal and indicate psychological distress. These bears can also be heard clicking their tongues, which is a sign of agitation.

It’s no wonder these animals are exhibiting behavior that signals stress. They appear to be overweight and are confined to tiny, round enclosures called “corn cribs,” which are designed to store corn—not to house wild animals. And this roadside zoo has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to maintain many of the enclosures in good repair.

In nature, Asiatic black bears occupy home ranges of up to 8 square miles and prefer forested mountain regions at high altitude. At T&D’s, they and other wild animals are kept in small cages, deprived of everything that’s meaningful and important to them. Denying these animals the space and environment they need to engage in their natural behavior is a form of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview. Please urge T&D’s to send the bears to an accredited sanctuary where they can live in vast, lush habitats and get the care they deserve.

Jennifer Mattive
T&D’s Cats of the World
[email protected]

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