Radio Ad Urges Bear’s Release From Sportsmen’s Club

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Williamsport, Pa. – For the next month, listeners of WRKK and WRAK will hear a plea from PETA for a suffering bear named Dillan, who’s currently on display in a cramped, concrete-floored cage at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club. The ad—which is available here and will air hundreds of times before the end of October—shares how the morbidly obese bear rocks back and forth, probably because of psychological distress or the pain of the life-threatening dental disease he suffers from. “Dillan needs to be retired to a reputable sanctuary,” the ad urges. “Please, don’t stop at roadside zoos.”

“This bear is so obese that his stomach often drags on the filthy floor of his cage, but the Sportsmen’s Club is refusing to do what’s right for him,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA is offering to cover the costs of moving him to a reputable sanctuary where he would be able to swim, dig, forage for food, and receive the expert care that he desperately needs.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about Dillan is available here.

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