Cubs Headed to Oswald’s Prompt Warning for Grand Teton National Park Officials

For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2018

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Newbury, Mich. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to reports that officials at Grand Teton National Park are sending two wild bear cubs to Oswald’s Bear Ranch, a roadside zoo in Michigan, after park managers killed their mother:

Surely, if the National Park Service knew that Oswald’s Bear Ranch is a tourist trap that uses sensitive bear cubs for photo ops, it would never ship wild cubs there. To prevent another mistake like this, PETA will alert Grand Teton National Park Service officials and state wildlife agencies to Oswald’s shady business practices, which include confining cubs to concrete cages, where they pace, cry out, and suffer from severe hair loss. This transfer is inappropriate and inexcusable.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about Oswald’s Bear Ranch is available here.

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