For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – With summer tourism season underway, today PETA is releasing a video narrated by Alec Baldwin exposing the suffering of baby bears used in paid cub-petting “encounters” and appealing to families never to patronize any operation that tears cubs away from their mothers and treats them as photo props.
“These events are part of an industry dependent on destroying families,” Baldwin explains. “Each cub is an infant who writhes and cries when torn from their adoring mother and denied that crucial bond.”
The new video shows exactly that.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that three roadside zoos across the country are among the worst offenders for bears. More than a dozen cubs have died at Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry, Michigan. Two of them—Peanut and Pink String—died last year when they were only a few months old. At events held by Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho, bear cubs have been observed crying, struggling to escape being passed around like toys, and lying limp with apparent exhaustion and from overheating. At Cherokee Bear Zoo in Cherokee, North Carolina, pacing and whimpering bears are held in desolate concrete pits and cramped cages with nothing to do but beg for morsels of food from visitors.
“My family won’t visit any facility that tears bear cubs from their mothers for entertainment,” concludes Baldwin. “Please … ask your families to boycott these facilities, too.”