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In the wild, bears—who are capable of a wide range of feelings and emotions—forage for a wide variety of foods and dig in soft earth, brush, and leaves. But the concrete pits that the Cherokee bears are forced to call home deprive them of everything that is natural and important to them.
Surrounded by four solid walls, the bears cannot scan the horizon, gain a perspective on their surroundings, or make much use of their acute sense of smell.
Dear Mr. and Ms. Coggins:
Please close the Cherokee Bear Zoo bear exhibits immediately and agree to retire the bears to a reputable sanctuary, where they can roam vast acreage, forage for their own food, and act on their natural instincts. A concrete pit is no match for open terrain, and these intelligent animals deserve more than to live out the rest of their days entertaining bored tourists behind concrete walls.
No one wants to see animals suffer, and it’s shameful to continue to deny the frustrated bears the opportunity to thrive elsewhere. There is nothing for them to do but pace back and forth or walk around in circles. They are separated from everything that is natural and important to their species. As people continue to evolve and understand more about these animals’ unique needs, your revenue will continue to drop. It’s 2013, and there is no excuse for profiting from animal suffering in the name of entertainment.
Reputable sanctuaries stand ready to take in these bears so that they can live out the rest of their days in peace. Existing sanctuaries that have no corporate motives and employ experts in specialized care for exotic animals will provide these suffering bears with a much better home. Please take advantage of this opportunity without further delay and retire these bears so that they can finally truly be bears. They did not choose to be in the tourism business. Please don’t allow them to continue to suffer for your choice.